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'he Gospel Messenger. 



'■ SET FOR THE DEFENSE OF THE GOSPEL."~PUI. 



Elgin, III., Jan. 5, 1901. 



A >-V 



No. 



TABLE OF CONTENTS. 



id Doctrine, . . 

Minutes 

Sa-.urday Night, 



1 are God's Husbandry " By W. R. Deetei 
iggestlve Calendar. By A. G, Crosswhlte, 

Ministry. By John Heck man, 

of Peace. By D.E. Price, . 



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/ the Messenger is Made, By Howard Miller 4 

lght Understanding. Byj.S.Flory 4 

ity. By Katie Flory 4 

,es. By Louis Macey, 5 

Vine and Brjnches. By Fanny Morrow 5 

unning Stream ol Water. ByJ.H.Mlllir 5 

nelessand Haunless. By A. Hutchison S 

ew Leal. By W. E. Roop ." . . . S 

}HERS' DEPARTMENT,— 

.Sanctuary. By G. M. Lauver 



UNDAY SCHOOL - 
son Light-Flashes, . . 
'RAYER MEET1NG,- 
nlortln Afflictions, . . 
1 Unanswered Prayers. 
AND FAMILY - 
> Foundation. By G. K 
3 Streets of Jerusalem, 



RAL MISSIONARY AND TRACT DEeARTMENT,- 



g of the Centuries. By Wilbur Stover, 



EDITORIAL MISCELLANY. 

IE beginning of the twentieth century finds two 
le most enlightened nations of the world en- 
d in war with two weaker and much less en- 
ened. For the people of England the outlook 
oomy indeed. The Boer war has cost them 
ily both in men and money, and they are far 
seeing the end of the struggle. There is'no 
lg how much more money or how many more 
will have to be sacrificed before they succeed 
jnquering their stubborn antagonists and mak- 
them lay down their arms. The war in the 
ppines has not been as expensive for our gov- 
,ent, but it is not yet ended. Many dead sol- 
have been sent home, and many others have 
■ as invalids or disabled by wounds. And' 
\ we consider the position of the leading na- 
in China it would seem that the ushering in of 
jolden era of peace is not likely to be in the 
"future. All agree that peace is a good thing 
that it would bring very great blessings; but no 
tive steps toward securing peace in this world 
yet been taken. 

E all know in a general way that there is a 
t deal of tobacco used in the world, but few 

any definite idea as to the amount. Statistics 
, that the inhabitants of the Netherlands con- 
. more tobacco to the person than any other 
lie in the world. The average amount used by 
, is seven and one-half pounds. The people 
le United States come next, using a little more 

four and a half pounds apiece. In every coun- 
there are many who use no tobacco at all; so 
users consume much more than the average 
u „t Spain stands lowest ,n the list, using but 
and on'e-fifth pounds. This seems strange, for 
.„!„ every one smokes-men, women and 
C But"onWoves that those who smoke 
s and chew tobacco consume much more of the 



filthy weed than cigarette smokers do. And the 
consumption is on the increase. For many years 
France has had almost no increase in population, 
yet in the past fifty-five years the consumption of 
tobacco in that country has more than doubled. 
Neither in France nor in any other country on the 
list can the people afford to spend the money they 
do in gratifying this perverted and disgusting appe- 
tite. Yet they feel that they must have tobacco; it 
has become one of the necessaries of life to them, 
and their moral nature is so weak that the habit has 
become their master. Even professing Christians 
add to the vast amount which is spent for that 
which is not bread. Surely they should set a bet- 
ter example. 

It is stated that Thomas ]. Kent, of Virginia, 
this State, has given $25,000 to be used for the pur- 
pose of constructing a hospital building near the 
Northwestern University medical school, Chicago, 
with the understanding that an annuity of 81,500 be 
paid to himself and wife during their lifetime. At 
their death the annuity ceases. This is a most ex- 
cellent way to set apart money for a good purpose, 
and makes it fair on both sides. There are people 
who have plenty of money. They may need it, or 
at least a part of it while living, but of course have 
no use for it after death. If like Mr. Kent they can 
put their means to a safe place, where it will do 
good, and receive a fair annuity, they will not only 
be permitted to live without want or special care, but 
they can thus be the means of helping some good 
cause. Some of our members have placed money 
in the keeping of the General Missionary Com- 
mittee in this way and are now receiving their an- 
nuity. In that way the Gish Fund was established 
for the benefit of our ministers, and there are op- 
portunities to employ large sums in putting addi- 
tional good works in motion, or in strengthening 
some of those already started. 



probable that the United States is at this time using 
more wood than she is producing. A large supply 
comes from Canada, but that cannot supply the 
growing demand for more than another generation. 
It looks as though the wood fate of the Old World 
awaits the Western Continent. Italy at one time 
contained fine forests, but none are to be seen to- 
day. Nearly all of Greece is denuded of timber. 
The great forests of Asia Minor have been swept 
away. The cedar forests of Lebanon are gone, and 
one can ride for days in Palestine and not see an 
acre of timber. In the time of Christ a beautiful 
forest lined a part of the road between Jerusalem 
and Bethlehem. To-day not a forest tree is to be 
seen. The great timber belts of all western Asia 
are no more. The timber was destroyed, and now 
the sands of the desert are creeping over the once 
fertile and delightful plains. In the beginning God 
gave to man forests in abundance, but he has not 
taken care of them, and now the generations fol- 

ing must suffer the consequences. How good is 

Lord, but how careless is man. 



Many persons have become much interested in 
Helen Keller, the deaf, blind and until lately dumb 
girl. She entered Radcliff College and now is vice- 
president of the freshman class. She recently made 
? short address before her class. She has made 
wonderful progress under the careful training and 
guiding of her companion and guardian, Miss Sulli- 
. ..n. No one can tell what she may accomplish, for 
,he is only nineteen. In the face of apparently in- 
superable obstacles she has made remarkable prog- 
ress. This shows what earnest effort will do. 
And this leads us to think of something far more 
important than the developing of the mind and 
body of an unfortunate person. All around us are 
souls that are deaf and dumb and blind to the in- 
finite mercy and love of their Father in heaven. 
What are we doing to bring them out of that con- 
dition? Are we as eager to train their souls as 
Miss Sullivan is to train the mind and body of 
Helen Keller? Would not as surprising results be 
obtained in spiritual matters if as great efforts 
were put forth? And is it not of as great im- 
portance to help souls to attain their highest devel- 
opment as it is to help minds and bodies? 

Is the world ever to have a wood famine? It 
would seem so, for more wood is being consumed 
than is being produced. France has to import 
wood to the amount of 828,000,000 a year. The 
same is true of other countries especially England, 
Germany, Denmark and Sweden. Belgium, with 
seventeen per cent of her territory forest land, has 
an annual wood deficit of $20,000,000. The great 
forests of America are fast melting away. It is 



Dowie is not meeting with the success he hoped 
for in England. Many of the people there believe 
he is a fraud. Last Sunday afternoon he tried to 
hold a meeting in the Bormondsey town hall. The 



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much noise that not a 
wife tried to read, but 
e for whom it was in- 
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so great that 



nothing else could be heard. The crowd shouted 
that they could not stand humbug. Policemen 
were at the doors, but their presence did not check 
the disturbance. Finally the "Doctor" had to 
make signs for the close of the meeting. The 
front rows stood up and sang a doxology, while the 
remainder of those present joined in the singing of 
" God Save the Queen." Such scenes are disgrace- 
ful. We do not believe the teaching of "Dr." 
Dowie. But when he advertises a meeting only 
those should go who want to listen with respect. 
This is a free country and so is England, and as long 
as a man teaches nothing immoral or prejudicial to 
the state he should be left at peace. Those who 
do not believe in him should remain away from 
him. It is time to lay aside the idea that mob 
force is to be used to destroy that which is not in 
harmony with our views. The exercise of brute 
force to crush an opponent will often gain him 
sympathy and support where he would otherwise 
not have received them. 



Suicides are on the increase in the United States. 
During the year 1900 no less than 6,755 were re " 
ported in one Chicago daily. Nearly half of these 
were due to despondency. And during the year 
8,275 murders were committed. The little value 
placed upon human life is alarming. Life is a gift 
from God and should be held sacred, one's own life 
as well as the lives of others. Yet more than fif- 
teen thousand lives were destroyed during the past 
year. The increase of murders and suicides does 
not speak well for the condition of the people, for 
a firm belief in the Bible will keep any sane person 
from destroying human life, whether it be his own 
or that of his fellow-man. No murderer shall in- 
herit the kingdom, and self-murder is even worse 
than the other kind, for it places the one commit- 
ting the deed beyond the hope of repentance and 
forgiveness. The last act of life is a violation of 
one of the commandments of God. 



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THE GOSHBL MESSIEIfcTGIEIR.. 



Jan.. ;, igoi. 



i ESSAYS +*-<— 



"SLEEP WELL." 

I hear thy voice, dear Lord; 

I hear it by the stormy sea, 
When winter nights are black and t 

And when, affright, I call to thee; 

It calms my tears and whispers m 
"Sleep well, my child." 
I hear thy voice, dear Lord, 

In singing winds, in falling snow, 
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I hear thy voice, dear Lord, 

Aye, though the singing winds be stilled; 
Though hushed the tumult of the deep, 
My fainting heart with anguish chilled 
By thy assuring tone is thrilled— 
" Fear not and sleep." 
Speak on— speak on, dear Lordl 

And when the last dread night is near, 
With doubts and fears and terrors wild, 
O let my soul expiring hear 
Only these words of heavenly cheer, 
"Sleep well, my child." 

— Eugene Field. 

"YE ARE OOD'S HUSBANDRY."— I Cor. 3: 9. 

BY W. R. DEETER. 

Marginal reading has it, " Ye are God's tillage." 
Husbandry is applied both to horticulture and agri- 
culture. Certain things are necessary to successful 
husbandry. 

1. The ground must be rid of all rubbish, such as 
trees, logs, brush, etc. So in the spiritual tillage, 
before there can be spiritual development, the soil 
of the heart must be rid of the sins so common with 
many persons. The profane man must quit his pro- 
fanity, the covetous man his covetousness, the 
proud must learn to be humble. 

2. The husbandman next plows the soil; to get 
the best results he plows it deep. So in the spiritual 
kingdom the soil of the heart must be broken up 
with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Here also the 
plowing should be deep; if it is not, "when tribula- 
tion or persecution ariseth because of the word, by 
and by he is offended." Matt. 13: 21, The special 
reason why so many persons start in the Christian 
work and fall back is too shallow plowing. One 
joins the church because somebody else does, and 
not from a sense of his lost condition and his utter 
helplessness without Christ. 

3. The husbandman selects the very best seed, 
vine or tree. No judicious husbandman will sow or 
plant that which is inferior; but he wants the very 
best. It would be quite a loss to him after he has 
prepared the soil, sowed, planted and cultivated, if 
harvest comes only to show him his grapes are wild 
and sour, or his grain is tares that are fit only for 
the fire. Matt. 13: 41, 42. There is no other seed 
so good in the spiritual kingdom as God's Word. 
" As new born babes, desire the sincere milk of the 
word, that ye may grow thereby." I Peter 2: 2. 

4. The successful husbandman cultivates his fields 
carefully. He does this to destroy weeds and keep 
the soil loose. So in the spiritual kingdom the 
Christian man must "give all diligence" to "add" 
the Christian graces. He must keep the weeds 
down or they will choke the good seed. The weed 
of indifference is a dangerous one and must be kept 
down, or it will surely do its work. This is the 
weed that destroyed the foolish virgins. They 
were so indifferent, careless and neglectful that 
they failed to secure oil in their vessels, and just 
when they needed light their lamps went out. The 
poor, indifferent man who built his house on the sand 
while the weather was pleasant, realized his mistake 
when the storm and flood came. Jealousy, covet- 
ousness, pride are the weeds that must be destroyed. 
The soil must be cultivated to keep it loose and 
pliable; so our hearts should be pliable and ready 
to be instructed, not so set in our way that we will 
not yield our way for a better one. 



5. Certain conditions are essential to successful 
husbandry. No one would think of propagating 
vegetation by keeping it in the dark. Light is es- 
sential to healthy spiritual growth. Paul says, " Ye 
are all the children of the light and the children of 
the day; we are not of the night, nor of darkness." I 
Thess. 5:5. " Ye are the light of the world." Matt. 
5: 14. Warmth is also essential to development. 
No one would think of developing the beautiful 
flowers by placing them in a refrigerator; but they 
must be kept warm. No one can have spiritual 
development in zero spiritual atmosphere; but with 
the heart warm with the love of Jesus there will be a 
healthy development of the inner man. Moisture 
is also essential to growth. The inner man must be 
moist with the dew of God's grace. The husband- 
man looks forward to the time of harvest. Happy 
will we be if, when the great spiritual harvest comes, 
we have sown to the Spirit that we may reap life 
everlasting. 

It ought to be worth a great deal to every Chris- 
tian to know that he belongs to God's husbandry, or 
tillage; governed, trained, cultivated for and by the 
Lord. We ought to get ourselves in such a relation 
to God and his people that he can make the most of 
us. " We are his workmanship, created in Christ 
Jesus unto good works, which God hath before or- 
dained that we should walk in them." 

Milford, hid. 

A SUQfJESTIVE CALENDAR. 

BY A. G. CROSSWHITE. 

JANUARY has as many days as any month in 
the year and from " New Year's" to the end of the 
year we resolve, and re-resolve to " turn a new leaf" 
but— 

FEBRUARY is always behind the rest even with 
one day added every four years. So God's children 
may be behind in some things, yet far ahead in 
heavenly virtues. 

MARCH is the only month that is suggestive of 
the two extremes — the lion and the lamb. So, how- 
ever stormy life's voyage may be, the landing may 
be calm and peaceful. 

APRIL is almost redolent with the perfume of 
the first flowers of spring and singing birds. So 
should the very name of heaven be suggestive of 
sweeter flowers and music. 

MAY "thy kingdom come," dear Father, and 
" thy will be done " in all the earth as angels do it 
in heaven. Thanks for this much of this glorious 
" century year." Amen. 

JUNE! how fast time is flying. Let's see, what is 
it I have been postponing so long? How merciful 
the Lord has been to spare my life till this time. 

JULY is suggestive of Independence. What a 
happy condition. Glorious liberty and freedom! 
How many of my shackles have I broken off by 
God's help and my will power this year? 

AUGUST is here again, the eighth month and so 
warm. The story of the rich man and Lazarus 
ought to have a new interest to those who dread a 
little heat. 

SEPTEMBER completes the third quarter of the 
year. The faded leaf and dying grass remind us 
that the harvest is past, the summer is ended, and 
what about these souls? 

OCTOBER has brought its annual burden of 
household and farm duties. What preparations we 
make for winter! Are we as much concerned about 
laying up our treasures in a better world? 

NOVEMBER, like March, is noted for its change- 
ableness. We pity the man who has let the beauti- 
ful autumn days pass without preparing for the 
winter. Is the soul neglected yet? 

DECEMBER is presided over by the bearded 
old king of ice and snow. But the holly berries and 
mistletoe and cheerful fires are sanctified by the 
Star of Bethlehem. Blessed Savior mine. 

Note. — There is just one word used in the above 
for each day of a common year. 
Flora, Ind. 



THE MINISTRY. 

BY JOHN HECKMAN. 

The Brethren church is peculiar to itself in many 
things. One of them is her ministry,— strangely 
different from all other societies. In most of the 
church societies of the present day young men 
choose the ministry and qualify themselves for it in 
schools and colleges as do men in other professions, 
such as lawyers, doctors, teachers, etc. But with us 
it is strangely different. The local congregation 
become sensible of their need of a minister or their 
possible need in the future, or that the church at 
large needs more men for the spread of truth, or 
even that there are men among their number who 
should be preaching the Word of God. 

The Lord does not suggest the name of the one 
to be elected, but in the Bible he has very carefully 
given the qualifications of the men he wants. He 
has also given his followers a liberal allowance of 
common sense or judgment, and expects them to 
use their judgment in the application of the Bible 
qualifications to the man to be selected. 

It is also a peculiar fact that many of the best 
men who have stood behind the sacred desk in our 
church and proclaimed her pure Gospel, have in 
their earlier years been impressed that the Lord 
had called them to the work of the ministry and 
through the church at the proper time they would 
be chosen and set apart to that important work. 

Eld. James Quinter spoke of this in one of his 
editorials in the Messenger not long before his 
death, I cannot recall the issue. Also in a letter to 
Sister Sarah Price in 1865 he wrote: " I am also re- 
minded that it was at your house and in that room 
where we often gathered together for religious serv- 
ices that I was called by the church to the minis- 
try. The call was unexpected to me at-that time. 
Soon after my conversion I thought I had indica- 
tions that the Lord would have me at some time to 
preach the Gospel, and although I had reason to. be- 
lieve the church had quite as much confidence in me, 
and indeed much more than I was deserving of, still 
I did not think that the time had come for the church 
to confirm what I had thought were the impressions 
I felt were produced by the Spirit of the Lord, and 
if I would continue faithful the time would come 
when the church in furthering the purposes of the 
Lord would set me apart to the ministry. But I 
felt it was my duty to wait until that time should 
come, not, however, in idleness, but in such exer- 
cises and labors in the services of the Lord as cir- 
cunrstances required and as prudence warranted, 
and I never felt my insufficiency for the work to 
which I was called more sensibly than I did at the 
time in which I was called." — Quintets Life and 
Sermons, page 23. 

St. Paul was impressed much the same way at the 
time of his conversion. Acts 9: 15 and 22; 15; also 
Gal 1; 16. 

There are men living and with us to this day who 
felt the same impulse very early in life, who sooner 
or later were set apart by the church for the work 
whereunto they were called. 

We are not ready to say that a man must feel the 
call from God before he is chosen by the church, 
for he may feel the strong power of God's call after 
being elected by the church. We have some men 
in the ministry with us now to whom the announce- 
ment of their name as the result of an election was 
a solemn and profound surprise, and either then or 
after they became deeply impressed with the im- 
portance of the work and have made success of the 
work entrusted to them. But I am quite sure that 
his work in the ministry will be a failure who does 
not certainly realize sometime, either before or after 
election, that the solemn charge is from God. 

The church no doubt has made some mistakes in 
the past in the selection of her ministers, but not so 
many mistakes have been made as some might sup- 
pose. That was not a mistake of the church to 
choose that brother who is converted, talented, and 
able to expound the Scriptures, but afterwards— 
possibly many years afterwards— proves unfaithful; 
we say because of some besetting sin which at some 



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unguarded moment asserted itself and overcame 
him. The church had no way of knowing what his 
future course might be; neither did he himself 
know, nor could he. The only course the church 
can follow must be the right one. No. one can 
know who may fall next. 

The only failures the church can make are. those 
made when gospel instructions are ignored. Those 
voting should know what kind of men the Lord 
wants. To follow the Spirit in voting one need 
only to follow written instructions faithfully. 

Another mistake which is sometimes made is, that 
the church refuses to elect any one. I think this is 
a more serious mistake than to choose and run the 
risk of getting some men into the office who should 
not be. 

Rfoumi: 

1. The ministerial system of the Brethren church 
is peculiar to itself and must be perpetuated, im- 
proved and adapted to its new surroundings by that 
body which formed it. 

2. Some men receive the call to preach very early 
in life. This call should be dealt with tenderly and 
not ignored. It is also a wise arrangement that the 
church should confirm it by election, or rather se- 
lection. 

3. The church is not likely to make mistakes if 
properly instructed in the Word, but if mistakes 
should occur I believe the church ought to meet 
them fairly and correct them. 

4. The church must select men, not angels, and 
they all have the failings common to men. " Let 
him that thinketh he standeth, take heed lest he 
fall." 

Polo, III. | 

CHRIST THE AUTHOR OP PEACE. 

BY D. E. PRICE. 



And came and preached peace to you which were afar off, 
and to them that were nigh.— Eph, 2: 17. 

Man, undoubtedly, in his natural state, is unrec- 
onciled to God, and the purpose of Christ was to 
reconcile man to God, or to bring " glad tidings of 
great joy," and offer conditions of peace; conditions 
by which he could be restored into God's friendship 
and favor. 

The language of the above Scripture no doubt re- 
fers to both Jews and Gentiles. The Jews were 
God's peculiar people; "to them were committed 
the oracles of God; " hence they were represented 
as being nigh. But the Gentile nations were con- 
sidered afar off, because " they were without Christ, 
being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and 
strangers from the covenants of promise, having no 
hope, and without God in the world." Eph. 2: 12. 
Hence Christ's object in coming into the world was 
to save both Jew and Gentile, or to offer unto all 
the conditions of peace. " For he is our peace, who 
hath made both one, and hath broken down the 
middle wall of partition between us." Eph. 2: 14. 
Therefore it is evident that he came into the world 
to preach peace to both Jews and Gentiles. 

The Apostle Paul is not alone in declaring the 
peace principles of Jesus Christ; but the celestial be- 
ings also testified to the fact: " And suddenly there 
was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly 
host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the 
highest, and on earth peace, good will toward 
men." Luke 2: 13, 14- 

Peace is very desirable everywhere, and at all 
times: in families, in neighborhoods, and also be- 
tween nations. Show me a family in which love, 
friendship and peace dwell, and I will show you al- 
most a heaven upon earth. But, on the other hand, 
where all of the opposite principles are fostered, — 
such as hatred, variance, ill-will, and a host of others, 

if there is a hell on earth, it will be found there. 

And the same is true in communities, and also in 
a national sense. When war, the opposite of peace, 
is declared between nations, communication is 
stopped, the ports are closed against each other. 
Just so it is with the unconverted; the ports of heav- 



cation with God, and God saith, "There is no peace 
to the wicked." Jesus says, Luke 14: 31, 32: " What 
king going to make war against another king, sit- 
teth not down first and consulteth whether he be 
able with ten thousand to meet him that cometh 
against him with twenty thousand? Or else while 
the other is yet a great way off, he sendeth an em- 
bassage, and desireth conditions of peace." The 
king with the ten thousand represents the weaker 
power, and the king with the twenty thousand rep- 
resents the stronger power. 

It is always the prerogative of the stronger pow- 
er to offer the conditions of peace, and the privilege 
of the weaker power to accept the conditions 
offered. In the German and French war the Ger- 
mans were the stronger power and had Paris entire- 
ly surrounded with their army, so much so that 
they had no communication with the outer world, 
except by carrier pigeons; and their only hope was 
to sue for peace. And though the conditions were 
very humiliating they had to accept or be entirely 
overpowered and have their metropolis destroyed. 
In the Savior's illustration the weaker power rep- 
resents the sinner, and the stronger power rep- 
resents God. The sinner is fighting against God, 
and he would better ask for conditions of peace, for 
if he does not he will surely finally be overpowered. 
Christ has paid the debt and purchased peace with 
his own blood and now invites the sinner to accept 
the conditions of salvation and be saved. But if 
he continues to fight against God, and resists his 
offered mercies, be will eventually be subdued and 
fall under God's mighty wrath, which will be poured 
out " without measure upon those who know not 
God, and obey not the Gospel." 

Jesus said to his disciples: " Peace I leave with 
you, my peace I give unto you; not as the world 
giveth give I unto you. Let not your heart be 
troubled, neither let it be afraid." John 14: 37. All 
the real peace, comfort and enjoyment he leaves 
with us; and in addition to that he gives us his 
peace, not as the world gives; neither can the world 
take it from us. It is lasting peace which remains 
with us while we are in this world and follows us in- 
to the eternal world. 

The world sometimes gives peace, but it is not 
lasting. During the war with the South, all the 
calls for more men were filled in this section of 
country, except the last one, and we were expecting 
a draft every day. There appeared to be a gloom 
hanging over the countenance of every one. Some 
were afraid they would be drafted into the army; 
others thought of their children, and the wife was 
afraid her husband would be drafted, and she left 
alone to battle with life and support their family. 
But when the anxiety had reached its highest in- 
tensity the word came, " The war is over; peace lias 
been declared!' When the word was received joy 
was just as much, if not more, depicted on the 
countenances as sorrow was before. That was the 
peace that the world gives. There have been other 
wars since with but short intervals of peace be- 
tween; but the peace that Jesus gives " passeth all 
knowledge." 

Most people would like to have peace with God, 
but they want it upon their own conditions, and are 
not willing to comply with the conditions upon 
which God has offered it. The prophet Isaiah, 
when he was lamenting over the sad condition of 
Israel, because of their disobedience to God's com- 
mands, said: " Oh! that thou hadst hearkened to my 
commandments! then had thy peace been as a river, 
and thy righteousness as the waves of the sea." 
Isa. 48: 18. If our peace is as a river, it will contin- 
ue to increase as it flows down the stream of time, 
until it is swallowed up in the gulf of eternity. 
Mt. Morris, III. 



ATTENDANCE AT CHURCH. 



BY QUINCY LECKRONE. 



en are closed against them, they have no communi- | mother come. 



A negro boy who had been captured from a slave 
ship was landed at Sierra Leone, and placed under 
the care of a Christian teacher. He asked the 
Lord Jesus to do the same for his parents as he had 
done for him, and would go every day and watch by 
the shore for them. At last, one day, little Tom 
dragged the teacher to the beach, saying, in ex- 
lamations of delight, " Prayer answered, father and 



The deplorable condition of some of the congre- 
gations in the Brotherhood in the matter of attend- 
ance at church services is indeed a just cause for 
alarm. There are many congregations throughout 
the Brotherhood where the average attendance at 
regular services does not equal one-half the total 
membership. This is a wholesale method of break- 
ing one of the commandments given by Paul (Heb. 
10: 35), "not forsaking the assembling of your- 
selves together." 

Reader, have you broken this command? Did 
you do it at the time of the last appointment for 
services at your church? If you did, what excuse 
are you giving for it? Christians must confess 
their faults one to another, and surely your absence 
is a grievous fault, and one that you should confess, 
but perhaps you are neglecting this confessing and 
thereby adding another fault. But perhaps this 
article will pass by like the minister's rebuke to the 
absent part of the congregation; they never heard 
it. As a rule those who absent themselves from the 
church are not much interested in the work of the 
church, therefore do not read the Messenger and 
will never see this article. But there are some who 
will, and some, too, who are responsible for the ab- 
sence of others, for there is somewhere a cause for 
this absence, and it is not always the fault of the 
one who is absent. 

One of the leading causes in many places is the 
change of minister at each preaching service and 
sometimes an absence of all ministers. No five 
ministers in rotation can preach as well to a congre- 
gation as any one of them could continuously. 
Would we consider for a moment changing the 
superintendent of the Sunday school each week, or 
the teachers of any class even once a month? The 
result would be written in one word, " failure." Like 
causes produce like results. There are churches 
opposite whose name could be written very appro- 
priately, failure. To keep the standard of a congre- 
gation up it must be interested in the minister, and 
it will be so if he is at all worthy of a hearing, and 
has opportunity from Sabbath to Sabbath to im- 
press his lessons upon it. When a congregation 
does not know whom they may hear at church, or 
whether they may hear anyone, half of the interest 
is sacrificed before assembling. 

Another cause of nonattendance is a lack of so- 
ciability. By this I do not mean that an hour 
should be spent after the services in miscellaneous 
conversation. But, reader, have you not been in 
places where you felt in some mysterious way a 
buoyancy of spirit, a warmth of fellowship, a sense 
of relief, of ease and gladness, and before you 
thought of it you were humming the tune they 
were singing? Just what they did or how it was 
that from the moment you arrived you felt a wel- 
come creeping over you, you may not be able to 
tell, but just so sure as you don't fetl that way in 
your home church there is something wrong with 
you or with the church, or perhaps both. When the 
stranger or the member who attends only occasion- 
ally feels the spiritual chills running over him he 
almost vows eternal absence. Change the spiritual 
atmosphere and see if it won't fill up the pews. 

There is still another cause worthy of mention. 
Some people do as they were brought up to do. 
When they were children their parents were indiffer- 
ent as to their attendance at church, and as they 
now do is but the natural outgrowth of their early 
training. It is too late now to change that training 
for them, but there are parents who have children 
that might be of great benefit to the church in the 
future if they were properly trained now. If you 
want the pews of your church filled during the next 
generation see to it that you 
terested in the church now. 
adage — " Train up a child i 
and when he is old he w 
Prov. 22: 6. 
Glenford, Ohio. 



■ children becon 

Remember the old 

e way he should go; 

rill not depart from it," 



THCE GOSPEL MESSEKGBB. 



Jan. 5, 



'901. 



HOW THE MESSENOER IS MADE. 

BY HOWARD MILLER. 

Few people have much of an idea how a news 
paper is made, and most of- those who do know, 01 
think they do, take their cue from an occasiona 
visit to the office of the weekly at home, where the 
editor is the whole thing, the captain, the cook, and 
the boatswain of the craft. It is different with the 
Messenger, and as not one in a hundred knows how 
it is made let us tell you. 

We will not begin at the bottom, telling how one 
lot of people arc getting out cord wood to make the 
white paper, while another are casting type and 
making ink, but we will take it up from the day you 
write your letter sending your subscription to the 
paper for another year. That letter may get around 
to the office on any one of the four deliveries made 
each day. It is one of a pile of over a hundred laid 
down each trip of the postman. Then Bro. Mark 
Early takes a letter opener and slits each envelope 
* open till the pile has been gone over. Then he 
opens each one, and when he comes to yours, say, 
he will take out the money order, or whatever you 
sent, and with a rubber stamp mark the face of 
your letter, indicating in its proper place the 
amount and kind of remittance enclosed and which 
he has just put in a drawer. All the letters with 
money in them go into one basket, and those with- 
out money, but still requiring attention, go else- 
where. As a gentle reminder let it be remembered 
that if you send your money in stamps, the gummed 
sides together, so that they must be taken to the I 
engine room and steamed apart, it gives the clerks 
something to do, it keeps them busy admiring yom 
methods. 

Now that letter of yours passes through five dif- 
ferent hands before it finally rests. A record is 
made at every turn. Once it has passed into the 
mailing room, where the clerks in that department 
examine the list of subscribers. Now that list, as I 
call it, is not a string of names in writing, in a big 
book, but is a lot of type-set columns on a galley 
and the little yellow slip pasted on your paper is 
the printing from it. It gives your name and a 
record of how long you have paid, etc. Once a 
week these are taken out, a press impression taken 
from them, and these are scissored out and pasted 
together till they look like a long yellow ribbon 
These are pasted on the papers with a mailing ma- 
chine that goes thump, and a name is stuck on 

' quicker than you can read Thee. i; c t r ;„ * 

•1 Q " /"" «-<»» icdu. inese lists in type are 

kept in a vault, for if they were destroyed there 

would be trouble in the camp. 

Now that is not the end of your letter. It is not 

thrown into a bushel basket in the bottom of a 

corner cupboard, but is filed away in systematic 

shape, where it is kept for two years or thereabouts 

There are record and system at every turn, and if 

there is any question about what you wrote the 

thing can be caught up with in five minutes if there 

is the slightest clue to it. But don't write on a 

Saturday and expect that the paper or the answer 

will be at your post office next Wednesday It 

takes a little time for a letter to travel a thousand 

miles, go through the mill, and the result travel 

back to you. 

Now let us take up a different matter and follow 
it around till you see it again. Suppose that you 
write a piece '-and good, really good, articles 
are in demand every hour of the day, the year 
around. When your letter arrives along with the 
usual batch a glance shows that it has no money in 
it but that i, is a little thing y OU "dashed off" 
(three weeks), and which you want to go into print 
just as you wrote it or not at all. This goes up to 
the top floor to the desk of the Office Editor of the 
Messenger, Bro. I. H Moore H.r. 1, j • 

1 -J- "• «ioore. Here he reads it 

for several reasons, mainly for its sense and its ap- 

fihle h' n 7 rtiC ' e may bC ^P™""". be sen- 
sible, and all that, and still have to be declined, 
while another badly written, full of errors will be 
eagerly accepted. There are many reasons. One 
well done, ,s something overdone already, while the 
other ,s entirely new and interesting through and 



I through. After it is read it is put on the hook, that 
ssay it goes with other essays, and so 



if it 



When it is to b 
Bro. Grant Mah 
I the little things you 

f you used, and then th 



ted, 



ady f 



th 



the compos 
th an eye foi 
: original gram- 
itor gets it. He 
: office 



ihe sets it up in type, and th 
boy has taken a proof it goes to two proof 1 
One reads aloud and the other follows the cof 

ith her eyes, and between them your communic, 
tion is licked into shape, and a pretty mess it won] 
be in nine cases out of ten if your wishes to have 
go just as you wrote it were complied with. 

Then, after the compositor has corrected the ei 
rors, and there is enough in type to make up th 
paper, it is put together, and a sister does this. I 



examine any newspaper you will notice that 
e is a sort of system in its make-up, and that 
things of a kind get together. The one who makes 
up the paper knows all about this, and finally after 
the editor, the foreman and others have taken a 
look at the leaden face of the literary child it is 
trundled to the elevator and goes down to the base- 
ment where an entirely new set of people take it in 
hand, and the power presses squeeze and press out 
a copy every moment. The white paper is bought 
by the car load, and it costs, in even figures, about a 
thousand dollars a car load, 
Once the paper is printed it goes to the second 
I floor where a complicated folding machine folds, 
pastes, and trims the papers. Then the mailing 
people get it, and smack goes your yellow label re- 
ferred to before; into the yawning sacks it goes, out 
of the back door the mail bags go, and the trains do 
the rest. At every turn a new man or woman 
handles your Messenger. Finally, when you get it 
at the country post office, if you are made after the 
similitude of some people, so alleged, you may 
observe that you could do it all better yourself, and 
for a good deal less money, while the facts are'that 
if you were allowed a trial, you wouldn't know in 
five minutes whether you were walking or riding. 
And then there are others, there are always 
hers, who recognize that a weekly paper laid 
down at their door, is a modern marvel, a miracle of 
iystem and thoroughness. There are a great many 
other things that could be mentioned, being of 
equal interest, but there is neither time nor space to 
do it only in outline. There is, however, one 
matter we will write up for the Messenger and 
that is the ways and means of the General Mission- 
ary Committee, and it will be news to lots and lots 
of people. 



see " obedience from the heart " is the test of ou 
faith being right— of a saving quality— there would 
be less careless living; less of a desire to hold on to 
church membership when it is evident from the re- 
bellious desires of the heart the new birth has nev 
er taken place. A perfect willingness to live i n 
obedience to every requirement of gospel principle 
in the fullness of joy and contentment, is the best 
possible evidence we have "passed from death unto 
life," and such will indeed have Christ " within, the 
hope of glory." 
I When the cross becomes a weary burden and the 
desires of the world's vanities revive in the heart it 
is a sad commentary on our profession of being the 
follower of the meek and lowly Jesus, or one of the 
elect and belonging to the peculiar people of God 
Honesty of purpose and a right understanding of 
the Scriptures will lead us submissively along the 
narrow way upward to a higher and nobler life here 
and hereafter. 
Los Angeles, Cat, 



PURITY. 

BY KATIE FLORY. 



A RldHT UNDERSTANDING. 
BY J. S. FLORY. 



We notice of late years there is a tendency on 
the part of some religious bodies, who are largely 
governed by man-made creeds, to compromise mat 
ters in such a way as to put a different interpreta- 
tion on objectionable features of the creed to suit 
the minds or opinions of the present generation. 
I will ever be so with creeds based on the opinions 
of men, but not so with a religion based' on the 
truth as it ,s ,n the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Instead 
of twisting the truth in order to suit the opinions of 
men, we should rather straighten out our twisted 
opinions and get them in a perfect line with the 
real truth of divine teaching. 

I am pleased to notice there is a tendency in our 
cnurch literature to get a right understanding of 
gospel doctrines. Bro. Hays's article in No. J o 
Messenger of 1900 gives, in a few words, the plain 
est interpretation of faith and repentance I think i" 
ever saw in our church literature. 

As we advance in a nrnn., „«j 

proper understanding of the 

gospel of salvation we will teach more cleady t hat 

■t is not salvation ,0 us because we do " every goo" 

work or commandment of Jesus, but we ^ the 

things Jesus commands because we have saving 

'e are in a saved state primarily, 

tendency of eternal salvation if our saving 

fa, h keeps us faithful until death. If we could get 

ght understanding of this matter so as clearly to 



faith, or be 



It should be the earnest effort and desire of 
every true child of God to grow purer, to get rid of 
sin in all its forms and ways. There are so many 
things around us that tend to draw us away from 
the good and pure. 

First, we should keep our homes pure; keep in 
and about them such things as will draw our minds 
heavenward. Every home should have a family 
altar, and have each member of the family take part 
in its devotions. Thanks to our heavenly Father 
should be returned at every meal. Good religious 
books should be placed in our libraries and our con- 
versation should be chaste, free from gossiping 
alebeanng and evil speaking; more about heavenly 
things. Our conversation is an index to our mind. 
Where our heart is, there will be • our treasure 
Let no corrupt communication proceed out of 
your mouth." " Only let your conversation be as it 
becometh the gospel of Christ." One who engages 
his or her mind, thinking on the goodness and 
mercies of God, will grow purer. 

If we love God with all our mind, as he would 
have us do, we would "seek those things which are 

Go°d V "' W w here t Christ Sitteth °" 'he right hand of 
God. We, it seems, are found too often not speak- 
ing to ourselves and admonishing others in psalms 
hymns and spiritual songs, as Paul would have us 

t ch ° T I 5 '"' f ° r G ° d d ° eS - " Abh ° r '»at 
which s evil, cleave to that which is good " and 
"abstain from all appearance of evil."* blessed 
re the pure ,n heart; for they shall see God " 
Then strive oh! brother and sister, for purky of 
heart and holiness. Pray with David, "Created 
me a clean hear," "Wash me thoroughly ho» 
mine iniquity, and cleanse me ^ * J ° m , 

Wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow." "Let 
the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my 

streltb 6 T Ptabl !i ^ '^ Sight ' ° L »««. Z 
strength, and my redeemer." " Whatsoever things 

tLT' 7 ?"" ' hingS are P" e ' wh„.o«f 
things are : lovely, whatsoever things are of good re- 
port, ,f there be any virtue, and if there be anv 
pra.se, think on these things " V 

...a:, ruriri,""™ ' t-"-- "» 
E d t, H " »■"• » '..»"•*.•:■.:; 

nacn, ana now unconsrinnc n , *-u~ i 

peaches us. It teaches^ ^our^ *£ 

about us, who are e.b.e^ ^ r^^™ 
P»» as angels. Jesus says, "OfTucJ* Z ^ 



Jan, 5, 1901. 



THE GOSPEL MESSENQEE,. 



dom of heaven." Let 1 
learn lessons of purity ; 



gle with them more to 
mility. Look into the 
heavens and wonder about the sun, moon, and stars, 
for they are works of a divine hand. There are 
lessons of wisdom and purity in a star. Nothing is 
more clear and bright than they. One differs from 
another in glory; but each performs its mission, by 
giving light to us in time of darkness. Let us shine 
as they do at all times, in all things, so that we may 
lead souls to Christ who are in darkness. Let them 
illuminate your souls as they do the sky. 

If we desire to grow purer we must keep our 
minds engaged studying the Scriptures and should 



want to know Jesus' holy 
like him every day, for he is pur 



to grow more 
sin or guile is 



" Purer in heart, O God, help n 
That I thy holy face one day i 



;ign thou my soul withir 



in heart, O God, help 1 



BY LOUIS MACEY. 

History is a record of human nature in action, 
and not only in individual cases, but in concerted 
waves of popular enthusiasm is the impulsive side 
of human nature shown. 

Passing over the ancient and medieval periods, 
with their sudden impulses of love, hate, jealousy 
and vengeance, with the consequent struggles; over 
the Crusades (the most notable instance in all his- 
tory); over the period of revolution and anarchy in 
France and of feudal strife, of persecution and rev- 
olution in England, we may come down to our own 
time and nation, and consider how many great 
movements have been founded on and pushed by a 
sudden popular impulse, having little if any founda- 
tion in reason and facts. Notice how every four 
years such a tumult is raised, how men are caught 
up and carried away by a wave of political frenzy as 
if life and liberty depended on the result; and how 
even imaginary evils and mistakes of administra- 
tion, so often work a change. Note the sudden "re- 
approachment," heralded by the newspapers, be- 
tween this country and England during the Spanish 
war, and then the sudden change brought with the 
troubles in the Transvaal. See the popular heroes, 
made in a day, lauded to the skies a few weeks, 
criticised a few months, dropped, forgotten. 

These serve as illustrations in purely worldly 
matters. Now let us look at the wave of supersti- 
tion on our " blackest page " — Salem Witchcraft. 
The name makes us shudder yet; but its lesson 
should never be forgotten; for the spiritualistic 
wave of sixty years ago, the Mormon rise, the Mes- 
siah crazes, and the more modern divine healer 



fakes, with their ready follow, 
superstition is not dead yet. 
Many worthy movements ha 



nto sudde 



like proporti. 
all due 



ng, all testif .hat 
e, by being pushed 



■idde 



bounds and, exceeding all due limits, lost all the 
good that was in them, and so been made to frus- 
trate rather than fulfill their original purpose. Cat- 
aclysm and upheaval have always been destructive 
of life. Disintegration of rock, decay of mold and 
growth of plant and flower have always been grad- 
ual, and it is to the growing of grain that the Master 
refers us, Mark 4: 28. 

The most recent wave that h 
is one of ultra-sanctification, 
Methodists, terminating in the 
the " healing " wave which has 
ren. Yes, it is true! these waves 
the waves are gone the wrecks a 
quake tidal wave lines the shore 



is come to our notice 
affecting mostly the 
" Comeouters," and 
affected the Breth- 
s will pass, but after 
: left, the earth- 
vtth wrecks of 



ships. The Gulf wave left on the Texas coast the 
wrecks of ships and houses, the Crusades left 
wrecks of homes and human beings,— thousands of 
children to perish miserably,— but the all consum- 
ing waves that still rage and toss about so many 
leave far worse wrecks. Another ship, another 
house may be builded, but another soul we may 
not have, and the spiritual shipwreck is seldom 



gotten off the rocks. In nearly every community 
we find some who, led on by the impulse of some 
passing wave of some kind, have been left either 
temporarily " blown over," to be slowly and with 
much difficulty "straightened" (for men don't like 
to admit even to .themselves that they have been 
carried away), or as often stranded high and dry, 
and become doubters and scoffers, an obstacle to all 
true progress. 

Grow in grace and knowledge of the truth. An- 
chor fast to the Word of Truth, and be not carried 
about by every wave of doctrine. I Tim. 4: I. 

Fox, Mo. 



THE VINE AND BRANCHES. 

BY FANNY MORROW, 

Jesus says: "I am the true vine and my Father is 
the husbandman. Every branch in me that beareth 
not fruit, he taketh it away; and every branch that 
beareth fruit, he purgeth (or cleanseth) it, that it 
may bear more fruit." The parable of the vine is 
rich food for thought, and is clearly illustrated when 
we watch a husbandman working in his vineyard. 
When he examines a vine he can easily discover the 
dead branches and he removes them. Then he 
goes to work on the living branches. He cuts off 
here and trims away there, until there seems but 
little left. Why does he prune so near the vine? 
Because he desires to bring the branch near to its 
life-giving source, and he knows that in due season 
those little branches will be permeated and en- 
riched by close contact with the vine; so that they 
will grow and bring forth an abundance of luscious 
fruit. 

" I am the vine, ye are the branches," — either 
dead or living branches, and the Father in his own 
good way and time will take away those that bear 
no fruit, while he faithfully prunes the branches that 
bear fruit. Happy indeed is the branch who is cut 
down close to the precious vine. His Father does 
the work, and he is enriched with the life more 
abundant. And so shall he bear the fruit of the 
Spirit, the fruits of righteousness, showing forth the 
loving-kindness of the husbandman. When the 
dead branches of formality, pride, and selfishness 



away into the arctic regions of despair. " Hasten, 
sinner, to be wise," and let the streams of God's 
eternal love turn your footsteps for the glory world. 
Goshen, Ind. 



BLAMELESS AND HARMLESS.-Phll. 



This would surely be a very desirable condition 
to be in. And if it were not possible to attain to 
that state, the apostle would not have spoken of it 
as he did. And since it is within the power of one, 
it is also in the power of every one. But our past 
experience and observation have led us to the 
conclusion that it will require a greater effort than 
we generally see put forth. 

One of the valves that so often fly open and do 
harm, is the mouth, and hence the warning voice is 
from the Savior, and others. See Matt. 12; 36, 37, 
and Eccl. 5: 2; also James 4: 11, 12. We never 
hear people swear, quarrel or speak evil of the 
neighbor or brother without the use of the mouth. 
And in order to live a blameless life, we must be 
harmless. And if we expect to be harmless we will 



t of it are the 
st be kept with 
says, " Hands that shed 
1;, 18, " Feet that be 



re all removed - 
■ith the fruits 1 
ving, that will si 
Ottawa, Kans. 



nd the living bn 



f lo 

rely be he 



and righteousness 



A RUNNINO STREAM OP WATER. 

BY J. H. MILLER. 

On the Alleghany mountains a small stream of 
water is seen flowing down the mountain course, 
soon forming a brook, increasing in size until it 
forms a creek, and then finds its way into the Ohio 
river, and, running on south into the Father of Wa- 
ters, finally drops into the Gulf of Mexico, into 
a mild climate where perpetual summer is seen in 
the beauties of nature, with a sunny clime and 
warbling songsters praising the God of nature. A 
little obstruction will turn that spring down on the 



have to guard our heart; "fi 
issues of life." And the hand 
great care, for the wise man 
innocent blood." Prov. 6: 
swift in running to mischief." 

So the whole man is to be put under Bible re- 
straint, if we expect to live a blameless and harm- 
less life. But if we now put all our powers and 
helps on duty, we can then say as did Paul: " I keep 
under my body, and bring it into subjection." I 
Cor. 9: 27. This kind of a life will render us happy 
here and secure for us an eternal inheritance, when 
time is no more. Try it. 



A NEW LEAF. 



north 


side of the mountain; ther 


it « 


ill find 


its way 


into the lake 


and on its cour 


se n 


ns into 


the St. 


Lawre 


nee rive 


r, and finally into 


the 


ocean 


and on 


north 


into th 


: northern seas, v 


irher 


the waters are 


alway 


cold, 


where the icebergs ar 


e floati 


g, and 


where 


the ma 


riner sees dange 


to 


teer his 


vessel, 


movin 


gon nor 


th into the arctic 


r«R 


ons, wh 


:re per- 


petual 


winter 


eigns and where i 


cebe 


rgs thro 


iv their 



glowing light on the sky and 
defiance to human skill. 

The turning point of a ; 
While in youth the gentle sp 
lead on to a sunny clime, to 
the springs 
soul with 1 



;as and icebergs bid 

t of God's mercy will 
sunny clime, to an eternal day, where 
f God's great mercy will enrapture the 
drink of nature out of the river of life, 



The new year with absolute certainty turns over 
a new leaf in the book of each life. The events 
that may be written thereon are known alone to the 
omniscient God. In our hands we hold this little 
book of our life. As we turn, this leaf is yet blank, 
this page is yet white. It is of no consequence 
whether what we write thereon affects the destiny 
of a kingdom or some very humble home. There 
is no important or unimportant, no grand or insig- 
nificant with God. The record of each leaf may of 
necessity be very different. And there is nothing 
of infinite and eternal importance except the spirit 
of the subject matter that is now being brought into 
existence. 

Brevity and simplicity have been the soul of 
many of the most useful books. And the essential 
thing is that should " Finis " shortly drop to the 
bottom of the page, all that has been written before 
should not be blotted, defaced and stained. The 
best rule of life may be the ideal of Paul in Philpp. 
4:8. The child of God is ever reaching out to him 
who alone can give true happiness or dignity to life, 
and approaching him we may become " fairer than 
the children of men." Then why not now and ever 
let our thoughts be high and pure and sweet, that as 
from the bud the rose is born, a fragrancy may ex- 
hale, to make every passing life sweet, happy and 
honorable? For many of us the zenith of life may 
now be past, yet this new leaf opens for all who 
have their trust in a brighter hope and a purer joy, 
as even the very sunset may turn the sullen clouds 
into crimson and gold. And when at last the books 
are opened, may we each pass by the still waters of 
quietness into the land of certain peace and into 
his own prepared eternal home. 

Westminster, Md. 



to ; 



to be thei 

that " bett 

soul turns the wanderi 

away from our Fath 



wing of his soul. " Oh, 1 
'" Praise God for the 
land." But when the ac 



hat will it be 
knowledge of 



Oh, who would not be a Christian? Who would 
not long to be adopted into the family of God? 
And who would not live in love and mutual sympa- 
thy as brethren, looking forward to that blessed 
family reunion, that homecoming of the redeemed 
in the kingdom of God? 



TEE GOSPEL MIESSZEnSTGIEIR-. 



Jan. 5, 1901. 



PREACHERS' DEPARTMENT. 



Sermon Thoughts, Hom 



THE SANCTUARY. 



We entered the meetinghouse and beheld half the 
seats empty, and little of reverence in the manner 
of those present. Some bright, active children 
were enjoying the wide, new playground, furnished 
by the half-empty house and thoughtless, exercising 
feet and lungs, while the parents were conversing 
about the crops and business, heedless of what the 
little ones did, because their own minds were not 
occupied in devotion. The minister looked as 
though he had been moulded after his audience, al- 
though it may have been the other way; the sermon 
was lifeless, there being little of the Bread of Life 
brought within the reach of the hearers. 

After the sermon and music the congregation de- 
parted to homes where there is little to call the 
mind to God and duty until another Sunday re- 
turns, 

On another Sunday we are in another community. 
As we near the house of worship we are surprised 
at the quietness that pervades all things. We enter 
and the congregation is quietly seated, awaiting the 
opening of the formal service. The spirit of wor- 
ship seems to sit supreme in the countenance of all; 
it is not that look which may be assumed at the 
church door, or on the opening of God's Book, but 
has evidently come from the home. Even the little 
ones are solemnly impressed with the thought 
of meeting with Jesus, the healing one. The ser- 
mon sets forth Christ and him crucified in such a 
way that each is made to see room for fuller conse- 
cration and development in his own life. Those 
present all join in singing, with both spirit and un- 
derstanding, such songs as lift the mind heaven- 
ward and they depart homeward with renewed de- 
termination to put more vigor into the good fight 
of faith. The thoughts born at such a gathering 
furnish the food for growth in grace and are the 
grains of saving salt that keep us in the way of 
truth and help us to overcome temptations. Only 
the Bread of Life will develop Christian character, 
and that must be unadulterated and honestly la- 
beled. Only thus can it be an unanswerable argu- 
ment in the minds of old and young. 

Services conducted after the second model are 
laying the foundations for a prosperous Zion and 
the teachers who feed the flock thus are letting 
heaven's light shine and shall have the joy of see- 
ing the darkness scatter before it. 

St. Francis, Kans. 



FUNERAL REFORMS. 



The ministers, says the Christian Work, compos- 
ing a local federation in Pittsburg and vicinity, 
have some practical recommendations to offer, 
looking to the abolition of extravagant and unchris- 
tian funeral customs. They recommend the omis- 
sion of eulogistic remarks concerning the dead at 
the time of the burial, and suggest that such per- 
sonal references, if desirable at all, be left for a sub- 
sequent occasion. A strong declaration is made 
against undue display of any kind, floral or other- 
wise. If flowers are used, they should be simple 
and inexpensive. If any services are held at the 
grave they should be exceedingly brief, and in in- 
clement weather the friends present should not be 
expected to remain uncovered even for a moment. 
Services should be held in the evening, if possible, 
and never on Sunday. Perhaps the most radical 
change of all recommended is the discontinuance 
of mourning costumes. The wearing of mourning 
garments is declared not to be in harmony with the 
spirit and teachings of Christ. These are sensible 
recommendations, and each and all of them ought 
to be adopted. 

Character is a unity, and all the virtues must ad- 
vance together to make the perfect man. 



THE ♦ SUNDAY ♦ SCHOOL. 

LESSON LIGHT-PLASHES. 
The Triumphal; Entry.- Matt. »: 1-17. 

Lesson for Jan. 13, 1000. 

Golden Text.— Blessed is he that cometh in the name of 
the Lord. — Matt. 21: 9. 

This lesson follows the one of last Lord's Day 
and is connected with the same journey, on the 
same day on his way homeward from Jericho. It 
was on the evening of this eventful day, as he drew 
nigh unto Jerusalem, — perhaps within sight of the 
city in which, soon, would be enacted one of the 
most wonderful and far-reaching tragedies that the 
world ever beheld. A prophecy was to be fulfilled, 
and he was to be the prominent figure in it. 

On the western slope of the Mount of Olives was 
a small village called Bethphage— the combining 
of two Hebrew words, " beth " meaning " house " or 
"region" — and " phag " a green fig; a place of 
green figs. To this place two of his disciples were 
sent to get for him a colt, the foal of an ass, the 
latter being named incidentally, because the custom 
was that for such occasions, when men were to re- 
ceive honors they were always placed on animals 
that had never been used for either bearing or 
drawing burdens. And the better rendering, "put 
on them their clothes," is "put on him," meaning the 
colt. The first thing we notice is the very literal 
fulfillment of the prophecy — a most convincing 
proof of the divinity of Christ. This was done (1) 
to show the truthfulness of the prophecy; (2) to 
designate Christ as the person intended by the 
prophecy. These were two very important lessons 
to be learned by these people that the words spo- 
ken by the prophets were true and would be ful- 
filled, and that this one was fulfilled by the coming 
of Jesus Christ — and thus proved, not through any 
effort of his own, but by the voluntary and free will 
of the people. The self-called prophets fulfill their 
own predictions, but those sent of God wait on the 
Lord to do it in his own way and good time. 

Another lesson we may learn from the event is, 
the implicit faith that these disciples had in the 
command of the Master. "And the disciples went 
and did as Jesus commanded them." So we should 
all do. They were not disappointed, but found the 
thing for which they sought. And so will we, 
when we go at the command of Jesus. He never 
disappoints. 

The disciples and the multitude did him honor as 
the king of prophecy. Are we as ready to extol the 
kingship of Jesus as these people were? 

In his exaltation he adapted himself to the grade 
of the people whose king he was to be. He came 
riding on the colt of an ass, thus showing that he 
was humble and therefore could be approached by 
the most humble and lowly. The manner of his 
coming appealed to their sympathy and their love, 
so that they were ready to do anything to show 
him respect and esteem. " And a very great multi- 
tude spread their garments in the way. Others cut 
down branches from the trees and strewed them in 
the way." 

I know it is said by some that these same people 
who to-day are willing to kiss the ground over 
which the Christ passed, a few days later constitut- 
ed the bellowing crowd that followed him up Cal- 
vary's hill to the crucifixion. But such a position 
has never been sustained. In all places and times 
there have been two classes of people; and so there 
were in Jerusalem. Jesus always had a strong fol- 
lowing of the middle or common class of people. 
And these were the ones who gave him the honor- 
able entrance into the city. And it was this that 
stirred up the higher class, the Pharisees, doctors 
lawyers, etc. And they in turn stirred up the rab- 
ble of the city. And these two classes formed per- 
secutors of Jesus, the rabble performing the dirty 
work, as instigated by these envious and jealous 
leaders. And so it has been down through the 
ages. Men of the baser sort are made tools to car- 
ry out the hate and spite of the persecuting power. 

Had we the space we would gladly pen-picture 
this grand incoming of the Christ. In imagination 
we see it now— and hope to see it again when he 
comes the second time. ' h. b b 



Out* Phrvbh JWEHTIflG. 



COMFORT IN AFFLICTIONS. 

For Week Ending Jan. lg. 

1. Our Afflictions Less than we Deserve. Heavy as oar trials 
may be, they are not equal, in extent, to our iniquity. Ezra 
0: 13. 

2. Adjusted by the Lord. The measure of our afflictions is reg- 
ulated by the kind hand of the Lord. The Divine Refiner 
sits over the fire that is to test ns. Job 23: 10. 

3. Only for a Moment. At their worst, oar afflictions last but 
a short time. The few brief days of sorrow are followed by 
an eternity of bliss. Psa. 30: 5. 

4. Often Produce the Sweetest Joy. John 16: 20. God may 
or may not remove the sorrow, but he will do better things 
for as. Pan! found " pleasure in infirmities." 2 Cor. T2: ro. 
The Macedonians, in their great trial of affliction, had abun- 
dance of true joy. 2 Cor. 8: 2; Psa. 126: 5, 6. 

5. Lead to Sweet Rest. Heavenly peace and quietude will 
be the portion of the troubled heart. God himself will give 
us "the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for 
the spirit of heaviness." Isa. 61: 2, 3. God himself will 
wipe the tears from the eyes of his children, who, having 
passed through the crucible of affliction, are purified and 
cleansed from the dross of earth. Rev. 21: 4. 



THE UNANSWERED PRAYERS. 

BY JAMES M. NEFF. 

The language of the apostle James (4:3), "Ye 
ask and receive not," while addressed to a class of 
people with whom not many of us would care to be 
identified, applies truthfully, nevertheless, to the 
prayers of many professing Christians of our day. 
The lamentable frequency of the prayers that are 
followed by no visible answer dare not be denied, 
but ought to be explained. 

To ask in prayer and receive not is to add testi- 
mony in favor of the skeptical notion that prayer is 
a failure. The cause of this failure, primarily, as 
we see it, is a want of complete and entire conse- 
cration. Solomon says, " The Lord is far from the 
wicked, but he heareth the prayer of the righteous." 
Prov. 15: 29. This text represents two extremes of 
heart condition, between which are to be found a 
great many praying people. Many of us while not 
to be classed with the wantonly wicked, are never- 
theless not as thoroughly righteous as we should 
be; and everything about us that impairs our piety 
at the same time impedes our prayers. We read 
again in Proverbs (28: 9), " He that turneth away 
his ear from hearing the law, even his prayer shall 
be abomination." There may be just one little(?) 
h we continue to indulge and with reference 
to which we do not heartily and gladly " hear the 
law," if so, we to that extent close the ear of our 
heavenly Father to our petitions, however earnest 
and eloquent they may be. 

To maintain a perpetual and vital union with 
Christ is to be waited on of him in answer to our 
every petition. " If ye abide in me, and my words 
abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall 
to you." John 15: 7. " The eyes of the 
irer the righteous, and his ears are open unto 
s." 1 Peter 3: 12. "And whatsoever we 
eive of him, because we keep his command- 
ments,^ and do those things that are pleasing in his 
sight:' 1 John 3; 22. "The effectual fervent prayer 
of a righteous man availeth much." Jas. 5- 16 All 
these texts make the piety of the petitioner an ab- 
solute essential to prevalence in prayer. We pray 
for the forgiveness of our sins; but such prayer is 
but vain mockery, it is worse than useless to ask it, 
unless we ourselves are possessed of the forgiving 
spirit. See Matt. 6: 14, 15. 

Why does not God as wonderfully and signally 
answer prayer as in the past? We may say that for 
wise reasons the Lord long ago designed that the 
days of miracles should cease. Why do not I re- 
ceive as prompt and striking answers to my prayers 
as those that follow the petitions of many of my 
brethren? I might say that I have never been 
providentially thrown into circumstances which 
brought the results of my petitions prominently to 
notice. Very well; we may fix up all these nice 
heones by which we throw the responsibility on 
the Lord or on " circumstances; " but we have not 
arrived at the real solution of the mystery till we 
heartily confess that the fault is wholly within us. 
™,r ™, smMn " S oi our P' et y lies 'he weakness of 
miaht. V • restored Piety will restore to us a 

mighty power in prayer 
Fruitdale, Ala. 



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Jan. 5, igoi. 



THE GOSPEL MESSENGER. 



-~HOME x AND x FAMiLY**- 

THE OLD HYMNS. 

There's lots of music in "era — the hymns of long ago, 

And when some gray-hatred brother sings the ones I used to 

I sorter want to take a hand, 1 think of days gone by, 
" On Jordan's stormy banks I stand and cast a wistful eye! " 
There's lots of music in "em— those dear aweet hymns of old, 
With visions bright of iands of light, and shining streets of 

gold; 
And I hear "em ringing — singing, where mem'ry, dreaming, 

stands, 
" From Greenland's icy mountains to India's coral strands." 
They seem to sing forever of holier, sweeter days, 
When the lilies of the love of God bloomed white in all the 

And I want to hear their rauBic from the old-time meetin's rise 
Till "I can read my title clear to mansions in the akies." 
We never needed singin' books in them old days— we knew 
The words, the tunes, of every one— the dear old hymn book 



We didn't have 

We only sang i 

flow." 



npets then, no organs built for show, 
>e the Lord "from whom all blessings 



An' so I love the old hymns, and when my time shall come- 
Before the light has left me, and my singing lips are dumb— 
If I can hear 'em sing them then, I'll pass without a sigh 
To " Canaan's fair and happy land where my possessions lie,' 
— Atlanta Constitution. 



THE FOUNDATION. 



BY G. M. LAUVER. 



There is scarcely a person who has closely 
studied the society in which he moves but is con- 
fronted with the question: Why are men so rebel- 
lious as in the fall of all the golden opportunities 
of life, to choose to be small-souled, trifling, vile, 
even dishonest or criminal? Thinking people 
everywhere believe that preventive measures are 
much more effective than curative, so the burning 
question with every lover of nobility, and Christian 
worker is, " What is the cause? " 

May it not be that the foundations have not been 
well laid, and that therefore many an otherwise 
worthy building has gone awry, and to-day, being 
unfit to be the dwelling place of righteousness, is in- 
habited by the spirits of evil? Standing on every 
hand is an indisputable reminder that while good 
must be earnestly cared for, evil needs no garrison 
at its back. Ever since the heart of man has been 
" desperately wicked," evil has been self-suggesting 
and self-propagating. It often passes itself for the 
only, or at least for the best, course, because the 
mind is unprepared to meet and defeat it with an 
already well-established high ideal. 

There is no time in the life of child or man which 
may safely be left without employment, but espe- 
cially early youth, when mind and body are active 
and irrepressible, is unavoidably a seedtime, if not 
of good then of evil. There is in this world of ours 
such an abundance of wonderful and beautiful 
things which, if stored in the mind, will rise fore- 
most in our thoughts by their own worth, at the first 
unoccupied moment, that there is left little excuse 
for the idle brain for which, like idle hands, Satan 
finds some mischief still to do. 

Ignorance and idleness are the greatest known 
producers of crime. They are also the greatest 
causes of the ten thousand faults and failings which 
keep men from being what they ought, even though 
they are not criminals. 

The person whose home furnishes useful and in- 
viting employment for the mind during the spare 
moments of his youth and early manhood stores the 
mind with material which develops character, 
furnishes high ideals, and forms a protection against 
temptations which can be met in no other way. 
We often find homes wherein is no provision for 
useful occupation during weary evenings, and for 
the satisfying of praiseworthy longings for knowl- 
edge. Books there are in plenty, and papers too, 
which would furnish the needed food and cheer and 
change from work, and at the same time make the 
boy a man in thought and action, and keep him in 
the pure home, but they are not in the home. 



The home, in fact, is empty of something that is 
needed sorely, and the young in the home supply 
the need by spending the evenings elsewhere, often 
amid dangers that parents know not of, or they 
bring into the home books and papers and friends 
that are poison rather than food. 

Let the fathers and mothers awake to their power 
in this. The home ought to be the gateway to use- 
fulness to the church, to honor, to heaven. It will 
be so when it molds and directs the thought of the 
young. Is it not as necessary that we do our duty 
in providing proper nourishment for the soul as in 
providing it for the body? Must we always blush 
to know that our sons and daughters are lost to 
Christ? Why are the young men not in the church? 
Can the question be answered or not? 



THE STREETS OF JERUSALEM. 

These cafe groups, and the passing throng be- 
fore them, you will study with wonder and will put 
to your dragoman endless questions about them, 
says the author of an entertaining article on Jerusa- 
lem in Frank Leslie 's Popular Monthly for December. 
And his knowledge will be at once your admiration 
and despair. He will tell you at a glance all about 
anyone you point out. This man is a peasant from 
Siloam; he is a Christian, and has just sold a load of 
barley. The man behind him comes from Ramleh, 
eight hours distant; he walked in this morning with 
his wife; there she is across the street buying nuts, 
that woman in blue. These three by the door are 
from a village beyond Bethlehem; two are Chris- 
tians and the third a Moslem. They are conclud- 
ing a bargain, see them slap their hands together 
and bind it. The old man in the white turban and 
blind in one eye (see the lemon leaf jump in his 
water bottle) is a Moslem from El Birch, with 
grain to sell. There is his camel kneeling. Here 
come Bedouins with a donkey train; they live in 
black tents down Jericho way. The two girls pass- 
ing them are gypsies from the Damascus Gate; see 
their faces are uncovered; they are begging. Those 
fat men in pearl robes are rich Jews from Persia — 
there, coming out of the shop with the umbrellas. 
Those purple-shrouded women getting in the car- 
riage are Moslems; the one in white, with a red- 
flowered veil and leading the little girl, is a Jewess; 
the one with a baby strapped on her back is an Ain 
Karim peasant come to meet her husband, who is at 
the Mosque. 

And so on until you wonder if the dragoman is 
not imposing on your credulity, for what he does 
seems no whit easier than to walk up Broadway and 
pick men out by callings and towns, — an insurance 
agent from Bridgeport; a butcher from Poughkeep- 
sie; a reporter hurrying to a fire. Yet ask anyone 
else if what he says is true; ask the people them- 
selves and you will get the same information. It is 
absolutely true, though perhaps he had never set 
eyes on one of these people. He simply reads for 
you certain signs of face and dress that are plain as 
print to those Orientals, born and bred to an infi- 
nite curiosity about their neighbor's business and 
an amazing power of minute observation. They 
ought to make great detectives. 



A BEAUTIFUL HOME LIFE. 

A temperance speaker relates a bit of expe- 
rience that is as interesting as it is suggestive. She 
was to speak at a certain small town, where she ar- 
rived in the afternoon. At the station the visitor 
was met by the president of the local Woman's 
Christian Temperance Union, a soft-voiced woman 
with a young face beneath silver hair. 

As the two ladies were riding along the shady 
street, pupils from the public school began to 
throng the sidewalks. 

t a crossing a bright-faced boy stood waiting 
for the ladies to pass and lifted his cap with a 

mrteous gesture and sunny smile. 

The hostess leaned from the carriage with a 
pleasant greeting and the gray cap covered the 
brown curls again as they drove on. " One of your 
Sunday-school class?" ventured the speaker. 



" No," replied the hostess; " my only son, Harry." 

As they approached the home they nearly over- 
took a young girl of about fourteen and a middle- 
aged man, walking briskly. The man was listening 
in a deferential way to the girl's merry chatter. At 
the gate they paused, the man lifted his hat in a 
parting salutation, as he held the gate for the girl 
to precede him, then, bowing, he passed on. 

" This is our home; that is my husband." 

" And you have another guest, or is the young 
lady a caller? " asked the speaker. 

"That is our Margaret, our oldest child. She 
and her father are great chums." 

That evening, at the daintily-appointed tea-table, 
the youngest child, a bashful girl of seven or eight 
years, had the misfortune to drop and break a frag- 
ile piece of china. Her face crimsoned with distress, 
and the violet eyes lifted to her mother's face were 
large with gathering tears. The speaker winced, 
dreading discordant notes where all had been har- 
monious. " I hope they will not send her away in 
disgrace— poor little thing! " her thoughts ran. 

But even as she thought, with perfect courtesy 
the mother spoke the same conventional words of 
reassurance which she would have used had the 
honored guest broken the cup. Seeing the quiver- 
ing lip of her cherished child— her guest from God 
—she added softly: " Mother knows you are sorry, 
dearest. Just let it pass and overcome it," while 
the father, with ready tact, engaged the speaker in 
conversation. 

The speaker was charmed. That evening, walk- 
ing with another white-ribboner, she could not re- 
sist saying: " Your president seems wonderfully 
blest in her children." 

11 Yes, but she has anxieties as well as the rest of 
us," was the unexpected reply. " Margaret has 
grown so winning that even the college boys would 
walk round by the high school to walk and talk 
with her, until her father quietly happened to be 
returning from the courthouse to his office, past 
their house every time. Yes, it does take his time; 
but he is queer. He thinks that is one of the things 
his time is for. He thinks it pays." 



THE SULKS. 



Reader, did you ever see a person suffering with 
an attack of the sulks? Were you ever afflicted with 
it yourself? It is a disease that is quite prevalent 
in the social world, and sometimes it grievously 
afflicts the church. 

DIAGNOSIS. 

Generally the first symptoms are an impatient 
banging of the doors, furniture, and other articles 
that come in the way; the dog and the cow get a 
kick; the child gets a blow, or is otherwise cruelly 
repulsed. Next follows a dogged silence, no words 
being spoken except in impatient monosyllables; 
the countenance has an angular, mad expression; 
and the atmosphere of his presence becomes so im- 
pregnated with the fetid social miasm that it is diffi- 
cult entirely to escape the infection. 

Such a terrible disease is a great affliction in any 
society, but more especially so when it gets into 
the church. The victims don't pray; they won't 
bear testimony; they refuse to sing; they assume a 
martyr look, and their manner repels the Spirit 
of God, causes angels to weep, and makes the 
devil rejoice. Such persons are of little use in the 
cause of God; for no matter how efficient they 
might be, at the very time their help would be 
most needed, they are liable to have an attack of 
the sulks. 

TREATMENT. 

It is best for attendants to resist the infection, as 
a means of self-preservation and of cure for the pa- 
tient, by letting him entirely alone, or not noticing 
his sullen mood. Show him that the sun can shine, 
the birds warble their sweet songs, and the human 
voice engage in vocal praise without him. In some 
instances it may be cured by taking a gentle and 
kindly interest in the patient, but generally, like a 
fever, it has to run about so long. Don't attempt 
to reprove or to administer spiritual balm while the 
fit is on. It needs divine constitutional treatment to 
eradicate the infection from the soul, Don't get 
the sulks. 



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Bro. C. E. Ninin 
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is spending the winter at 



Bro. J. K. Shivbly, of Cando, N. Dak., changes 
is address to New Ville, Ramsey Co., same State, 



One week ago Bro. J. H. Beer, of Rockton, Pa., 
commenced a series of meetings in the Harlansburg 
church, that State. 



Bro. Archy VanDyke is now engaged in a series 
of meetings at Batavia, this State, and at that place 
should be addressed until further notice. 

It is Samuel Horning instead of Jonas Horning 
who is to begin a series of meetings in the Panther 
Creek church, Ohio, Jan. 19. So writes Bro. Levi 
Minnich. 

Most encouraging results attended the recent 
series of meetings in the Ridge church, Pa. Ten 
put on Christ in baptism, and two others await the 
initiatory rite. 

Bro. Amick writes us from California, saying that 
he is enjoying his sojourn on the coast. He has 
arranged to spend the winter at Lordsburg, where 
he should be addressed. 



Bro. J. E. Miller, of Urbana, III., was with the 
Brethren at Smithville, Ohio, last week, helping 
them in their special Bible term. He also stopped 
a few days at Dayton. He was accompanied by his 
wife. 



The Committee of Arrangements for the coming 
Annual Meeting is composed of the following 
brethren: C. J. Lichty, J. S. Gabel, A. J. Nickey, U. 
Shick and D. G. Wine. They are to select a secre- 
tary outside of their own body. 

Bro. Geo. W. Hopwood, of Iowa, was with us on 
Christmas. He has recovered from the spell of 
sickness contracted in the Rocky Mountains some 
time ago, but does not gain strength very fast. 
During his visit here we spent several hours very 
pleasantly with him. Bro. Hopwood is a man of 
wide experience, and is most agreeable company. 

Last Sunday we had the pleasure of worshiping 
with the Brethren at Mt. Morris. To be with them 
again seemed like old times. The day before we 
met the Mission Board of Northern Illinois and 
Wisconsin. They are pushing the work in their ter- 
ritory as best they can under the circumstances, but 
they feel most keenly the need of trusty and earnest 
evangelists for certain localities. The school at the 
Mount has an unusually large attendance this year, 
and seems to be moving along very nicely. The 
Brethren are making quite an improvement at the 
chapel in the way of putting in electric lights. It 
was also our privilege to be with Bro. D. L. Miller 
and wife in their new and pleasant home. Bro. 
Miller is enjoying a much needed rest, and is not 
likely to do any traveling this winter. He has 
promised the Gish Committee a book on the Evi- 
dences of Christianity, drawn largely from obser- 
vations in the Bible Lands. As soon as rested up a 
little he will go to work on that, and it is to be 
hoped that he can have the work ready for the 
printers before the middle of the coming summer. 



When last heard from Bro. J. M. Mohler was en- 
gaged in a protracted meeting in the Pleasant View 
house, Flat Rock congregation, Va, 



From what we can learn the Brethren in Nebras- 
ka have made a good selection for the Annual 
Meeting. Lincoln is a city of ample lodging ac- 
commodations, and fine railroad conveniences. 
This will be the first Annual Meeting yet held in 
that State, and will be further west than any previ- 
ous Conference. 



WHEN LED BY THE SPIRIT. 



"Try the spirits." That is the test. Try them 
by the Word of God. If they agree with the Word, 
then we may rest assured that they are of God, or 
at least are doing the things pleasing to him. If 
they lead away from the Word, away from the prin- 
ciples founded upon a proper interpretation of the 
Word, then we may be reasonably certain that they 
are the wrong spirits to follow. When seeking 
light on matters of this kind we should be careful 
not to confound the Holy Spirit with our own per- 
sonal spirit, or notions. Some people, by their way 
of thinking, careful or otherwise, reach a conclu- 
sion agreeable with their notion of things, then try 
to make themselves believe that the Holy Ghost is 
dictating their course to them. There are others 
who come to the conclusion that the church is not 
right about this, that or the other thing, and then 
labor to make it appear that the Holy Ghost is 
leading them instead of the church. This is a most 
dangerous doctrine, and leads into many errors. 

We once heard of a brother who claimed that the 
Spirit had told him he should engage in a busi- 
ness which the church in her councils regards as 
questionable. He would not listen to reason, the 
voice of the church or anything else. He was 
right and the whole Brotherhood was wrong, and 
the only proof he had was his notion about being 
led by the Spirit. It is safe to say that the Spirit 
had nothing whatever to do in deciding whether or 
not the man should engage in the questionable 
business. He was influenced by his own ideas and 
wanted to make the Spirit responsible for his mis- 
take. 

It is the office of the Spirit— among other things 
—to guide us into all truth (John 16: 13), that is, 
into the truth set forth in the Bible. He who is led 
by the Spirit will search the Scriptures in order to 
ascertain the mind of the Spirit as well as the mind 
of God, for therein is the mind of the Trinity re- 
vealed. It is not safe for a man to advance too 
positive claims about being led by the Spirit re- 
garding things not mentioned in the Bible, or mat- 
ters that should be regulated and determined upon 
by his own judgment. Then it is a most glaring 
piece of presumption for one to claim that the Ho- 
ly Ghost has told him that the church is wrong 
about a certain matter, while he is right. He 
should know that it is the office of the Spirit to 
guide the church into all truth, as well as the indi- 
vidual, and that so far as the influence of the Spirit 
is concerned, it is just as likely to be on the side of 
the church as on his side; yea, more so. 

The church may even be wrong on the matter in 
question— for the church is not infallible,— but to 
maintain that the individual accusing her of the 
wrong is led by the Spirit is no just way of sustain- 
ing the charge. Any individual might set up a 
similar claim about some other matter in question, 
and thus prove the church to be wrong in every 
particular. In fact, these people who claim to be 
led by the Spirit in accusing the church and every- 
body else of being out of line, do not agree among 
themselves. The Spirit, if their claims can be cred- 
ited, leads them to contradict each other at almost 
every turn. 

And, really, it is not by the Spirit that a matter 



of this kind is to be settled,— for there are many 
spirits, — but by the written Word. It is to the writ- 
ten Word, the law and testimony, that we should 
appeal. What that teaches, in the letter or in the 
spirit, should be the rule, and men should claim to 
be led by the Spirit only as they are led to under- 
stand and obey this Word. When they get out- 
side of this they are occupying uncertain and even 
dangerous ground. " Prove all things, and hold 
fast that which is good," but be certain to prove the 
" all things " by the Word. He who does this can 
know whether or not he is led by the Holy Spir- 



A LOOK TO THE FUTURE. 

With this issue of the Messenger we enter upon 
the work of another century, with all of its possibil- 
ities and responsibilities. The Brethren church en- 
ters upon the third century of its existence as a sep- 
arate organization. We need not at this time re- 
call the past, to see what we have done, or what we 
have left undone, but it is well that we pause for a 
moment, and contemplate the work of 

The Cuming Clnirch 

with the possibilities that are before her. As a peo- 
ple we have settled down on the New Testament as 
our ever-living and unchanging creed. From year to 
year we have convened in Annual Conference and 
discussed our differences and internal conditions 
until we have become quite well unified. In fact 
there is at this date probably no body of people on 
earth that can claim a better established unity than 
that characterizing the Brethren. 

we are almost a perfect unit. We have not been 
disturbed by the hair-splitting theories that have 
played havoc in the ranks of some of the denom- 
inations. Having accepted the whole Gospel in 
spirit and in truth we are prepared to face the world 
with a purpose that should assure strength. In ac- 
cepting the whole Gospel, and nothing but the 
Gospel, we embrace in our practice the faith and 
ordinances as held by the apostles. Not only so, 
but while strictly adhering to the outward forms of 
the New Testament Christianity, we also with equal 
earnestness insist upon the cultivation of the 

that lead to the pure, spiritual and higher life. We 
seek not the inward graces independent of the out- 
ward forms, but hold to the strict observance of ev- 
ery command given by Christ and the apostles, in 
order that we may have a well-rounded-out Chris- 
tian life, full of good works and unquestioned loyal- 
ty as well as the higher order of spiritual develop- 
ment. We believe in the inward graces, and hold 
that without such attainments the outward forms — 
be they never so strictly observed — are of no avail, 
Our ideal of the well-rounded-out Christian life is of 
the highest order. We also insist upon some 

that are attracting unusual attention. Our unflinch- 
ing opposition to human slavery gave us a position 
in the religious world of no ordinary consideration. 
We are pushing to the front other claims worthy of 
equal attention. The stand we have taken against 
war, secret societies, worldly attire, unnecessary 
display, unbecoming amusements, the use and man- 
ufacture of intoxicants, along with other evils of 
like character, has made of us a body of people 
with a purpose worthy of the highest commendation. 
With these claims, and the highest order of doc- 
trine and ethics, we enter upon the work of the new 
century and ought to be fully 

the unadulterated Gospel to the whole world. Our 
marching orders are to go into the world and preach 
the Gospel to every creature. We have the Gospel 
in our faith and practice, and there is no reason why 



Jan. 5, 1901 . 



THE GOSPEL 3yCESSE3STC3-E"i6. 



we should not move forward with it. We have not 
been standing still all this while, but we should now 
be more aggressive than ever before. But in order 
to do this in the most successful manner we proba- 
bly need a 

More Carefully Equipped Ministry. 

We have at this time about two thousand and six 
hundred preachers, and only a few of them are 
so situated that they can give their undivided at- 
tention and full strength to the work of the minis- 
try. We do not mean that all of these two thou- 
sand and six hundred preachers should be sent out 
at the expense of the body, but we do mean that a 
greater number of the more skillful ones should be 
less entangled with the affairs of this world in or- 
der that the best of their efforts may be given to 
the preaching of the Gospel and the building up of 
churches. Hundreds of our preachers need better 
mental training, and a more thorough acquaintance 
with the Scriptures, in order that they may be able 
to handle the Sword of the Spirit with more skill. 
For this they need time and some substantial en- 
couragements. Some of them could be greatly 
aided by a 

Course of Bible Study 

such as is given in the Bible departments in some of 
our schools. At this time the demand for efficient 
men is greater than the supply, and the demand 
ought to be ten times as great as it is. Some of the 
State Districts want well-equipped evangelists, who 
can throw their whole strength into mission work, 
and cannot find them. Along this line of church 
work there is a wonderful demand for improve- 
ment. 

should have a good evangelist in the field, and keep 
him there. He should be a man who understands 
the Gospel, knows how to present it to the people, 
and also knows how to build up, equip churches 
and place them in good working order, with their 
own local deacons, preachers and elders. We need 
some way of encouraging and preparing men for 
this kind of work. The fields on every hand are 
ready for it. We have the kind of doctrine and 
ethics the people need, but we are not fully pre- 
pared to carry it to them. With one hundred of 
the right kind of men in the field we might easily 
double our number and strength inside of a few 
years, This is a part of the work for the present 
century that should under no circumstances be de- 
layed. It is a class of 

Homo Mission Work 

that will tell for the future. It will give us both 
numbers and means in our own country, and pre- 
pare us only the better for carrying the Gospel to 
other lands. We do not mean the neglect of the 
foreign work in the least, but we do mean that 
far more work should be done at home. As a 
step in this direction we shall probably have to de- 
vise some 

Wiser Way 

of utilizing our ministerial force. With the number 
of preachers we now have we should occupy more 
territory, and work our fields better. To have 
several able preachers at the same service, week 
after week, does not show the skill in handling our 
ministers that should characterize us. Then we 
need to adopt some better plan for looking after 
the isolated, weak and 

Neglected Churches. 

In the Brotherhood there are scores of isolated 
and neglected congregations. Some of them, at 
one time, were strong and well provided with a 
good working force of officers, but for some reason 
have gone back. The men who held the members 
together have either died, or located elsewhere. 
To look after such congregations seems to be the 
duty of no particular person or persons. We ought 
to have some understanding about this greatly neg- 
lected part of our church work. Then here are 



that need more attention than they are probably 
receiving. They are increasing in number, and are 
also here to stay, with whatever results may follow. 
Some of them should be endowed. We can not 
endow all of them, but at least a few of them should 
be placed on a better financial basis, and so pro- 
tected with wise provisions that the endowments 
could in some way be held in trust by the church, 
or those appointed by the church. The time is not 
far distant when we should have 

A University 

where our young people, who attend the Brethren's 
schools, could finish their education. This might 
be done by providing one of the present schools 
with the more advanced courses, and letting all the 
others become feeders. This can be done without 
involving the church financially in the least, and is 
one of the problems that we must take hold of and 
solve during the present century. In connection 
with our school work we should have a well- 
equipped and skillfully managed 

where some of our ministers, with the assistance of 
trained instructors, could take a course of Bible 
study. We do not mean a theological school, 
where hair-splitting theology and false doctrine are 
taught, but a school where the Bible is taught as 
God intended it should be. This Bible school 
should in some way be very closely related to the 
church, for such schools, if left to their own course, 
may in time completely change the policy of the 
church and greatly alter her doctrine. The present 
Bible terms and courses in our schools are doing 
vastly more in the way of shaping, for the future, 
the policy of the church than most of our best 
thinkers imagine. This Bible school work is 
another question that the present century must see 
solved, and it is a matter that should be settled at 
an early date. To this list of problems we might 
add the future of 

On.- Young: People. 

At this time the affairs of the church are directed 
by those wearing silver crowns, but a change will 
soon come over the Brotherhood. Our young 
members, inside of a few years, will come to the 
front and take charge of all the church work. 
What are we doing to prepare them for the impor- 
tant duties that must soon rest upon them? Are 
we training them as they should be trained? We 
can train them only by giving them work, and di- 
recting them while engaged in that line of duty. In 
too many places this part of preparation for the 
future is being too greatly neglected. Next, we re- 
fer to the 

Sunday School Interest, 

the nursery of the church. From these schools 
come most of the recruits to fill the ranks of the 
church. Every Sunday-school teacher is helping 
to mould the minds that will soon take charge of 
the affairs of the kingdom. It is proper that we 
should, while profiting by the past, look forward and 
at once begin some of the work that must be done 
during the twentieth century. As a people we are 
well organized for church government, but we are 
not so well equipped for 

Aggressive Church Work. 

We need to cast about and see wherein we can 
improve along this line. We have a doctrine with 
which we need not be afraid to face the judgment, 
but our success in converting the world is by no 
means what it should be. It is to be hoped that 
the early part of the century may see in us some de- 
cided and advance movements in the directions 
here suggested. The Messenger feels to urge this 
upon our people, and hopes to have their sympathy 
while encouraging every measure that has for its 
purpose the advancing of the kingdom of Christ 
upon the earth, This is 



at the opening of the year, and the beginning of the 
century. It is a greeting that is full of work of the 
most aggressive Bible character, a greeting that 
points forward to wonderful possibilities for the 
Brethren church. In one breath we greet our 
readers, and in the very next urge a forward move- 
ment all along the line. It is such a movement as 
characterized the early Christians when they went 
everywhere preaching the Gospel. May God the 
Father, Jesus Christ the Son, and the Holy Ghost 
our ever present Comforter, help the Brethren 
church to improve every opportunity that the pres- 
ent century may afford. 



THE MAKING OP A HYMN BOOK. 

Our last Conference decided to revise our Hymn 
Book and Hymnal, and a committee was appointed 
to attend to the revision and publication of the 
new book. Some inquiry is at hand asking what is 
being done and how soon the revised books will be 
ready for the song service of the church. An an- 
swer to the first question is easily given. The com- 
mittee has held one meeting. Two hundred and 
seventy-seven hymns have been expunged from the 
old book, and about two hundred old and new 
hymns, — all new to our book,— have been selected. 
Others are being chosen and it is hoped that in a 
short time all the hymns to be inserted will have 
been selected. 

Then will come the work of the committee on 
music. Brethren Geo. B. Holsinger, J. Henry Shj- 
walter and William Beery,— all proficient in musical 
composition, — have been appointed by the Annual 
Meeting Committee to write and select the music 
for the new Hymnal. Already these brethren have 
written and selected a number of tunes for the new 
book. The work will be pushed forward as rapidly 
as can be done, giving due consideration to the 
quality of the work. It is the desire of all con- 
cerned to give to the church a hymn book and 
hymnal as good as if no* better than the best. 

When will the -book be ready for use? is a ques- 
tion not so easily answered. It takes time to do 
any work well. The committee might hastily com- 
plete and have the book ready by next Annual 
Meeting, but it is thought best to take time and do 
the very best that can be done. Following this 
plan it is hardly possible to get the Hymn Book 
ready by Annual Meeting and the Hymnal assured- 
ly not until some time later. It will be good policy 
to make haste slowly in this important work. 
Haste now will have to be repented of later on. 

The committee has not only expunged the num- 
ber of hymns already named, but has revised some 
of those to be retained in the new book. No, 595 is 
among the hymns revised. In the fourth line of 
the third stanza the word " humble " is replaced by 
"loving." This because Christ's example was not 
given simply as a lesson in humility,— but that his 
disciples should do as he had done to them, i. e. wash 
feet. The fourth stanza of the same hymn is 
omitted, The lines, 

" May oone of as like Judas sell 
The Lord for gold, and go to hell, 

contain a technical error. Judas betrayed the Lord 
for thirty pieces of silver and not for gold as the 
last line says. 

The word "juice" is replaced in the second 
stanza, third line of hymn 759, by "fruit." Jesus 
spoke of the fruit of the vine, and to sing of its 
exalted "juice" sounds very much like singing in 
the praise of wine. 

These changes will show that the committee is 
making a careful and thorough revision of the Hymn 
Book and hope, under the blessing of God, to give 
to the church a book of song and praise that will 
meet the growing demand for a revision of our 
present Hymn Book and Hymnal. D. L. M. 



■XIIEJ GOSPEL 3^ESSE3STC3-EK/. 



Jan. 5, ig.01. 



the only call that m 
comes through the 
Lord does his part 
and the individual it 



THE PREACHER'S NEEDS. 

The calling and qualification of men for the m 
istry always have been a hard problem to sol 
and we suppose always will be from the fact of the 
great difference of opinions held by the many. 

About the calling much difference of opinion ob- 
tains. We all believe that all true ministers of the 
Lord are called by him. But the question to be 
determined is, how the Lord calls. Does the call 
come directly to the person, or does the call come 
through the church? Then we have an opinion on 
the question, and that is that the call is first per- 
sonal and this call is followed by a call from the 
church. At least, we know that a large number of 
our own ministers feel that they have been called 
in this way. These accept the second call because 
they felt that they had received, prior to this, a 
call from the Lord. This is on about the same 
principle as that on which a man and woman are 
espoused to each other as husband and wife. As 
far as they and the Lord are concerned, they feel 
that the marriage is consummated. The ceremony 
in the eyes of the law only legalizes it. So the 
church in calling makes the Lord's call efifective. 
Then, again, there are those who believe that 
listers receive is the one that 
voice of the church, that the 
a directing the church to call 
:mbers how to vote. If this is 
so, we must conclude that many are not directed of 
the Lord, or many do not vote as directed. 

Again, we have those who are called of the Lord 
to preach, and who hold that the church should 
recognize such call and give it its official seal. 
They say: Woe is me if I preach not the Gospel. 
And we shall not say that they are wrong if they 
truly have such convictions. Paul says: How can 
they preach unless they are sent? But the sent may 
have different shades of meaning. But no matter 
what the modus operandi may be, no man should 
preach unless he can feel that in some way he has 
been sent of the Lord. , 

The same difference of opinion obtains as to what 
the preparation for the ministry should be. There 
are those who seem to believe that all those who 
have been called need to do, independent of prep- 
aration, is to stand up, open their mouths and the 
Lord will put the right kind of words in, and give 
them enough breath to blow them out. This is the 
one extreme. The other is that no man should 
attempt to preach unless he has first a thorough 
classical and theological education. Or, as Bishop 
Potter, of New York, is reported to have said: 
" That it is an intolerable impertinence that a man 
who cannot pronounce a proper name from the 
Scriptures according to its classical derivation 
should stand in the pulpit." This looks too much 
like making flesh and worldly wisdom the strong 
arm on which the ministry is to lean. And we are 
not the only people who believe that such literary 
culture is the great and essential qualification. 
Rev. Henry M. Lengel, pastor of the church of the 
followers of Christ, of Reading, Pa., in commenting 
on the words of Bishop Potter says: 



languages in order to carry the message of Christ a; 
expressed in the Sermon on the Mount to the un- 
saved? I do not think so. 

"How many of these young fellows who go to 
college have really ever had a call to preach the 
Gospel? No; they are not called, but they know 
that preaching is regarded as a soft snap, and that 
it is a good thing for a man of naturally lazy disposi- 
tion, No; these are the kind of fool questions they 
ask them: 

" ' Where was Washington born?' ' Do you read 
Sanskrit and what is it?' 'Do you know any 
French ? ' ' How many letters are there in the 
Greek alphabet?' 'Have you ever been to New 
York?' 'How much algebra do you know?' 
'What is your favorite novel?' 'Was Trilby a 
good woman?' 'What do you think of expan- 
sion?' 

' Will you tell me of what importance it would 
for a minister who was talking at a revival when 
he was trying to tell his audience of the love of Je- 
sus for sinners, and to urge them to accept his love, 
to stop for a few minutes and tell them all about 
the obelisks along the Nile and the inscriptions? If 
men like Bishop Potter were to try to save souls in- 
stead of worrying about the inscriptions on sphinxes, 
and all this sort of things, the condition of things 
would be better in New York. What has Bishop 
Potter ever done for the cause? Has he ever made 
a sacrifice of time or money? I have given more 
of my means proportionately than Bishop Potter, I 
am sure, and he should not abuse the men who have 
been called to preach the Gospel, but have not been 
taught how to pray in Greek or Latin." 

While the Rev. Lengel's criticism may seem se- 
vere, it is apt and common sense — as seen in the 
lives of many who say that they have been called to 
preach the Gospel and save souls. While a man, 
for the ministry, cannot have too much education, 
if of the right kind, above all things else he needs a 
burning desire to save souls, and to be filled with 
the Holy Ghost. h. b b 



Minutes for the purpose of showing how the matter 
is viewed by the Conference, and in that way also 
show that in carrying out the demands of the Gos- 
pel he is working in harmony with the practice of 
the general Brotherhood. Viewing the decisions of 
the Annual Meeting in this light, we must again 
state that it is the duty of all the congregations 
duly to respect them. 



OUR SATURDAY 1NIOHT. 
Happy Married Life. 



SOUND DOCTRINE. 

l minister preaches doctri 



that is contrary to the Bible, 
correct him?— W, R, M. 



'The 



and I : 
any ot 



3or are the people who need the Gospel, 
free to confess receive it more gladly than 
class. They hunger for the' Word. Who 
is bringing the Gospel nearer to those people- 
men like Potter who get a big salary, or the men 
who are in touch with the everyday lives of the 
poor; men who are poor themselves and know how 
the other fellow feels about it? 

Ji N T' h ° W ab ° Ut a " this ^ucation business? 
What does ,t all amount to? Did the disciples go 
to college? Where did the simple fishermen get 
their education? They were called by Christ- that 
was sufficient to make good all their lack of 'tech- 
nical education. Do you think it is necessary that 
a man should be able to read rand write a dozen 



what coarse should be pursued 

Probably your better course would be to have a 
talk with him about it. If you are certain that he is 
wrong, and cannot convince him of his error, then 
you can bring a charge against him for preaching 
doctrine that is not sound. We would advise you 
to reduce your charge to writing, and be certain 
that you have a clear case before you undertake it 
In their preaching our ministers enjoy a good deal 
of liberty, but it is not right to permit them to 
preach unsound doctrine. This would be an abuse 
of liberty. 

OUR HINUTES. 

Are all of the congregations in the Brotherhood under obli- 
gations to obey the decisions of the Annual Meeting as given 
in the late " Revised Minutes ? "-S. A.S, 

The decisions were made for the purpose of be- 
ing obeyed, and as much as possible the different 
congregations should respect them. Some of these 
decisions are obligatory, for the reason that they 
have the "thus saith the Scriptures" in their sup 
port. Others are merely advisory, showing on 
which side of certain doubtful questions the Confer- 
ence deems it wise to throw the weight of her in- 
fluence. The Minutes are not intended as laws 
Their chief purpose is to unify the Brotherhood in 
understanding and enforcing the teachings of Christ 
and the apostles. 
Regarding disputed matters the prudent house- 
:eper will examine the Minutes mainly for the 
purpose of ascertaining how the Brethren, assem- 
bled ,n Conference, understand the Gospel as it re- 
lates to the question in hand. Learning this, he 
proceeds to carry out the Gospel as thus under- 
stood. He does not refer to the Minutes as his au- 
thor.ty, but to the Gospel. He may refer to the 



It is quite generally believed that Adam was the 
first intelligent man upon the earth. Some think 
that there was a race before him, known as the sons 
of men, while Adam, coming later, was the begin- 
ning of a people called the sons of God. In the 
"'' '2 nothing is said of this theory, and so we need 
give it no attention here. 

But the Lord made Adam. He was the first man 
he ever made, and when he was completed his Mak- 
inounced him very good. He was without 
thout bad habits, and pure in mind, soul and 
body. The Lord was very kind to him, for he 
him a fine garden, containing all manner of 
fruit. The garden was probably located in the Eu- 
phrates valley where the soil was exceedingly fer- 
tile and the climate charming, Even to this day 
the soil of this remarkable valley is productive and 
the climate mild. 

It was a land of perpetual summer, where snows 
never came, and the pleasant days continued the 
year round. The trees doubtless bore fruit every 
month in the year, while vegetables never failed. 
Adam was the only man then living in the world, 
and so far as the good of the country was con- 
cerned he had everything to himself. 

Finally the Lord made him a woman, the first 
woman the Lord ever made, and the first woman 
Adam ever saw. He was asleep while the woman 
was being made, and when he opened his eyes and 
saw her he was doubtless pleased. Both of them 
probably smiled, and then they were acquainted. It 
was a case of love at first sight. They soon learned 
to talk to one another, and doubtless worked 
together very harmoniously. While Adam took 
care of the garden, as the Lord had directed that 
he should do, his wife, Eve, provided something to 
eat. Just how she prepared a meal we are not in- 
formed. The meals probably consisted of fruits, 
grains, nuts and vegetables. Her only table may 
have been a large stone, and her dishes may have 
consisted of shells, a few flat stones and possibly a 
few cocoanut shells, or something of the kind. 
Sharp stones served the purpose of knives, and as 
for forks they needed none. 

But they lived pleasantly. They knew no sin. 
Sickness disturbed them not. The animals were 
harmless. Storms never came that way. The cli- 
mate was just right to be pleasant in every way 
conceivable. They never thought of sorrow; did 
not know how to talk about, or even how to antic- 
ipate trouble. They may have spent many hours 
looking at the bright stars, and wondered and 
talked about them. The moon interested them a 
great deal. It was so large, and then it made the 
nights so delightful. 

We imagine that they took a great interest in the 
birds of beautiful plumage and the flowers of every 
hue. The world had not yet been cursed, and the 
flowers must have been lovely. The woman saw 
nothing that delighted her more, and she probably 
showed the nicest of them to her husband. Now 
and then the Lord was seen walking in the garden, 
presence produced no fear, but rather gave 
confidence. Thus the days, and possibly the 
months were passed. It was a most charming life, 
id both Adam and Eve miy have wished that it 
-ight last always. It was a life without a shadow, 
without unkind words, without a pain or even a 
troubled thought-the most happy instance of mar- 
ried life the world ever knew. , H m 



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XKm GOSPEL M^BSSEasrOEII^. 



General Missionary 

—Tract Department, 



L. W. Tirtih, 



General MUalonarj 



EXPANSION. 

As the church stands to-day within the door 
of a new century, there should be but one 
watchword within her rank and file, and that 
word should be " Expansion." 

In material things the church and the world 
have made marvelous progress within recent 
years. The wealth of both has increased many, 
many times not only in actual dollars, but in 
the possibility of producing wealth. If Glad- 
stone's estimate is true,— that during the first 
fifty years of the nineteenth century the in- 
crease in the world's wealth was equal to all 
the increase of the preceding eighteen centur- 
ies, — that the next twenty years the increase 
was equal to the preceding fifty,— it is safe to 
say that the world has to-day at least three 
times as much material wealth as all the Chris- 
tian centuries before. the last one. 

Can the church say of a truth that with this 
wonderful increase of material things then 
been a corresponding growth in moral 
spiritual power? Is vital piety three timt 
strong in the hearts of those professing g 
ness as in the simple Puritan lives who stood 
on the threshold of a new century one hundred 
years ago? Is faith as great, and hope 
strong? These are questions that should burn 
into the heart of every one and help him to see 
just the true status of spiritual things. 

The nation has caught the spirit of expan- 
sion and is adding territory after territory tc 
her already vast domain. This adds to hei 
material wealth; that is true. New countries 
are opened ap for civilization and the influa 
of settlers to get good homes at low prices, aj 
in the case of Oklahoma a few years ago, is 
something wonderful. Has this expansion 
brought with it a deep spiritual life as wt 
Is the altar of sacrifice burning as brightly 
the desire to get good homes and live in e 
is manifest? 

While, all things considered, the sun s 
every evening on a better world than it e 
did before, there is danger that with the m 
velous growth of wealth and its attendant e: 
and luxury, there is and will be a terrible n. 
lect of matters spiritual. The church should 
grow with all these material advantages at a 
rapid pace, — not grow in worldliness, but in 
piety and truth. 

There is room for growth and there are won- 
derful facilities for growing. Go back to the 
days when a match was a luxury and a Bible 
was found only in the homes of the wealthy, to 
the time when men had few books and 
no newspapers either literary or religious, 
and compare those times with the present, 
with its flood of good literature and well-made 
Bibles upon the table of every home in the 
land. Are men and women to-day making use 
of these great advantages for the development 
of their spiritual being? The keynote to a 
world-wide evangelization is a knowledge of 
the conditions of the world coupled with the in- 
fluence of the spirit of Christ. For a few dol- 
lars one may keep in touch with the condition 
and progress of the world, and thus keep alive 
the fires of sacrifice and service in this great 
work. But how few seek to know! And how 
many more do not make use of the means now 
at hand in order to know these things. 

"Expansion" is the watchword of the Cruci- 
fied One. "Go ye "were his last words after 
suffering and just before ascending. With the 
material helps of steam, electricity, and all the 
modern appliances for travel and information, 
as well as comfort and aid, there can be only 
one watchword to the true follower of Christ, 
and that is " Expansion," or possess the world 
for Christ. 

Man measures time by centuries. The be- 
ginning of such an epoch means much to most 



men. Shall it not mean more to the church 
than it does to the world? Standing at the be 
ginning of the century, with the prospect of 
making one's self felt during a greater part of 
the first third, is there not inspiration to swell 
the breast with emotion and fix the mind for 
such action as will make the word "Exp; 
sion " for Christ's sake a reality? The world 
needs all the expansion the church can make. 
It will welcome her hallowed influence. It 
will praise the Lord who told bis disciples, 
"Expand, expand, that they may know that I 
died for them." 

DAILY BREAD. 

Tuesday, Jan. i — " My times are in thy 
hand." Psa. 31: 15. Would that the first day 
f the new year and the new century could be 
opened with this as the burden of thought. 
Such trust every one needs to help him bear 
his burdens; such faith, that he may overcome 
all difficulties; such hope, that his soul is safe- 
ly anchored against all storms. Let this be 
the watchword of every life, and the church 
: a new life and the world will feel a 
mighty force of eternal love in its midst. 
World-wide salvation would be accomplished 
shortly if but every member of the church was 
thus minded. Let this day and every succeed- 
ing day be filled with the spirit of "my times 
are in thy hands, O Lord God of my salva- 

Wednesday , Jan. 2 — " Lo, I am with you 
alway, even unto the end of the world." Matt. 
28: 20, No promise more precious! Let the 
servant of the Lord go where he will, the 
Master is with him. Fear not the dark 
ners ot the earth, fear not the fiendish work of 
evil,— he is with you and will prol 
But how many lose sight of him am 
like, look at the waves around them. Look 
up, brother; look up, sister, and behold your 
living, present Christ and give him your hand 
of faith and love and he will lead you safely 
through all, and the rugged path will be 
smooth one to your feet. 

Thursday, Jan. 3.—" Whatsoever ye shall 
ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father 
may be glorified in the Son." John 14: 13, 
Remember it is "whatsoever in my name for 
the glory of the Father." No selfish, personal 
interest is included in this privilege. Only 
those things that are included in " Lord, not my 
will, but thine be done." But what a bleased 
promise to the missionary! The purpose of 
Christ's life was the world. He commanded 
that the world should receive the Gospel. He 
taught his children to pray, "Thy kingdom 
come," and whatsoever is asked in harmony 
with this great mission of Christ and the 
church will be granted as herein promised. 

Friday, Jan. 4.— "Stir up the gift of God 
which is in thee." 2 Tim. 1: 6. Now and then 
there appears a professor of Christianity who 
says he has no gift to seek and help save 
souls. Haa he the gift to make money? or to 
talk politics? or to gossip? Then stir up the 
gift for souls " which is in thee," for God has 
man or woman without the gift of 
helping little or much in the saving of others. 
Stir, yes, stir up the gift, and God's Spirit will 
help you, — not before. 

Saturday, Jan. 5.— "The servant is not 

greater than his lord." John 13: 16. It is well 

ber this when one frets and chafes 

because he is enduring hardship or is not at 

work he would like to do. The Master 

ted long, endured much and finally tri 

umphed. The following lines are verysugges 

of this thought: 

When in the pathway of Gad's will 



THE TURNING OF THE CENTURIES. 



The sunlignt of the last day of the year has 
passed away. The last twilight of the century 
has faded out forever. Now for the ho; 
stand at the parting of two roads, a 
where two ways met 
past; a memory, a si 
to the future; a de 
silent contemplatio 

darkness, and they 
there. Two desires 



We look out upon thi 
adow. We look forward 

i, thought grows. Two 
r our house in the silent 
vait to greet each othei 
often meet in our hearts, 



: passes away to give the other ; 



than ill. 



The coming century will 
one just passing, Hope is sweeter to us than 
memory, though we have nc 

One hundred years ago grandfather 
born, now he and father both sleep togethi 
the quiet country churchyard. One hundred 
years from now we and our children will be 
resting together from our labors, while our 
grandchildren will find themselves in the arena 
of that day. And they will have gray hairs 
then. 

What a sweep of time the centuries make! 
Only four of them since our America was dis- 
covered. Only nineteen of them since Jesus 
dwelt in the flesh. Only fifty-nine since the 
creation of man! As we grasp the centuries 
we perceive the beginning of eternity— if we 
may speak of eternity as having beginning. 
As we deal in centuries we discover the eter- 
nity. Eternity devoutly spells God. 

What a wonderful century the past has been 
for mechanics! More has been developed In 
it than in all the centuries before, And more 
in the last thirty years of the century than in 
the former seventy, And more in the last ten 
of these than in the former twenty. What a 
wonderful amount of life and activity is nowa- 
days compressed into the smallest time! The 
galaxy of names: Howe and the sewing ma- 
chine, Morse and the telegraph, Whitney and 
the cotton gin, Fulton and the steamboat, 
Field and the cable, McCormick and the har- 
vester, Bell and the telephone, Edison and a 
whole barnful of electric mechanisms, and, — 
progress runs ahead of people's names. Elec- 



HtfCS, ■ 



tbn 



iiig machines, bicycles, electric street cars, 
printing apparatus, modern railways, postal fa- 
cilities, palace cars, Bessemer steel, alurainun 
suspension bridges and tunnels through moui 
tains, triumphs of mechanical and engiueerin 
skill so many and so far reaching that no or 
man perhaps can enumerate them all! 

The developments in surgery, medicine, del 
tistry, the discoveries of tablets and anciei 
records, the discoveries in archaeology and ei 
tablishing of museums, building of librarie 
the founding of colleges of learning, the d< 
velopment of pedagogy; what an amount c 
all these owe their existence to the last fe- 



their lack of a living", Christ. John Williams 
in the South Sea Islands, about which the 
Bishop of Ripon read and called it the twenty- 
ninth chapter of the Acts. Robert Moffat in 
Africa, where we again see that no good deed 
is done in vain. Read the story of Madagas- 
car, and the story of Uganda. These are the 
names and the work of this century, but not 
the half of them. 

There are now about eighty Bible Societies, 
and the Gospel Is translated into nearly four 
hundred different languages. Each year five 
hundred thousand Gospels ars circulated in 
heathen India alone. 

The British and Foreign Bible Society alone 
only last year, issued more than five million 
Bibles or portions of the Bookl 

Thirty-six years ago one religious society 
had its beginning, and now is preaching in 
thirty-three languages, and has an income from 
various sources of considerably more than five 
million dollars a year! 

This year one missionary board had the 
phenomenal experience of having present at 
one meeting one hundred thirty-nine outgoing 
missionaries of its own appointment, going out 
irious points throughout the 



world! 
We a 






nderful 1 



t postpoi 



battle: 



if they 



—Ham 



Yet all these thiDgs mean little to 

do not help in some way to impla 

God's idea of man. Has the religious not kept 

pace with the mechanical? Slavery has been 

irld, Arbi- 

of the nations. Liquor, 

and tobacco mostly, are not found in the 

houses and homes of Christian Americans. 

general. 

the church developed? Has Christian- 
ity awakened? Are Christians at work, and 
have they been at work during these last 

Witness the mission work and workers! 
Judson in Burma, and the Karens a Christian 
people; Carey in India, where over twenty- 
eight hundred missionary workers now are; 
irrison in China, where nearly three thon- 
d foreign missionaries have gone ready for 
ith if need be; Clough among the Telugus 
hundred 



n India, whe 


e two thousand 


twenty-two we 


e baptized by imn 


day twenty- tw 


years ago, and 


county there se 


venteen thousand 



tive Chris- 
tians dwell! Geddic in Ancityum, New He- 
brides, whose own converts gave this beauti- 
ful testimony, "When he landed here in 1848 
there were no Christians; when he left here in 
1872 there were no heathens," John G. Paton, 
in the Island of Aniwa, whose successful life 
story had such a large sale a few years ago. 
The Fiji Islands fifty years ago cannibal, now 
Christian and contributing liberally for famine 
relief in India, We think of much in France 
among Catholics and infidels, doubly hard for 



Thank 
God that we are called to live now. Great op- 
portunities, however, create great problems. 
We must face the battle, go in and win. We 
dare not avoid the issue, W< 
it for a year. The clock 
striking twelve. Overgrown boys and thought- 
less men are out firing ofif pistols and ringing 
other people's bells, but thoughtful, pious peo- 
ple have something else to do. 
The clock of the ages is striking the hour, 
ver-worldly people and careless Christians 
e out after their yoke of oxen, or buying 
pieces of land, or marrying a wife; but prayer- 
, pious people have not their hearts set 
these things. 
!-Jow we face the new, and the dawn is fast 
hing. "O God our Father, give us 
fight, and more work to do 
s strength to do it. Let our health be 
precious in thy sight. We live for thee. May 
our life be always to thy glory. Let the right 
always prevail, Give us courage, patience, en- 
that these coming years may 
ba full of victories for the Truth. May many, 
many souls find the Savior throogh my efforts 
from year to year. Dear Lord, I love thee. 
Keep me from teaching any error. Bless all 
the family of Christ on earth, among whom 
thou hast called even me, Keep me humble, 
make me brave, and direct me in all thy ways 
according to thy good pleasure as long as I 

THE ANNUITY PLAN. 

The Brethren are not the only people en- 
dorsing the annuity plan in the handling of 
money. The Methodist Episcopal church has 
also a plan. Concerning it the World-Wide 
Mission says: People who have money, the in- 
come of which they need for support while 
they live, and that they intend to leave to the 
cause of missions by will or otherwise, should 
consider the importance of placing it in the 
treasury of the Missionary Society at once on 
the annuity plan. Wills are always open to 
attack, and are often broken. Courts are quite 
likely to set aside wills on mere technicalities, 
even when the purpose of the testator or tes- 
tatrix is plain. When bequests are made to 
benevolent causes greedy relatives are ready 
to allege that undue influence was exercised 
ome, or that the party making the bequest 
incompetent because of old age or mental 
pacity. Money placed in the treasury of 
tbe Missionary Society is safe from attack, and 
the income is certain. 

Sowing and Reaping. — " One soweth and 
another reapeth." Are you reaping where 
e else sowed? Then do not assume 
that the sower failed and you have succeeded, 
orks of true reform, pioneers have la- 
bored with little apparent success, and those 
who cume after entered into their labors. It is 
quite satisfactory to enjoy the results of pio- 
neer labor in a good cause. In doing so, how- 
ever, we should remember our indebtedness to 
those who toiled when toil was apparently 
their chief reward. 



\ 



TJEIE GOSPEL iMIZESSENQIEIR,. 



From Our Correspondents. 

cold water to b thirsty soul, so h B ood newo 



ARKANSAS. 

t present am in Arka 



Thli 



Rogers 

makes my fourth trip to Arkansas for this 
year. 1 was here Oct. 30 at their Communion, 
They had a nice feast. At that feast W. S. 
Watts, from Brentwood, Ark,, was also present, 
at which time we held an election for deacon 
with the church. The lot fell on Bro. Henry 
Sheats and he and his wife were duly installed. 
We also anointed two at that time. They have 
since recovered.— Samuel W timer, J erica. Mo., 

Dec. 24. 

COLORADO. 

Rocky Ford.— Our quarterly council was 
held Saturday, Dec. 15. Our elder, G. E. 
Studebaker, was here. We elected our Sun- 
day-school officers. Superintendent, H. Tal- 
helm; assistant, Bro. Provall. We have a 
lively little church here, consisting of about 
eighty members, with about forty in the close 
reach of Rocky Ford. We have a promising 
company of young members. We have an in- 
teresting social meeting every Sunday even- 
ing. We are arranging to build a meeting- 
house as soon as we can get the necessary 
funds subscribed. We keep our Sunday 
school going all the year. We would be 
glad to welcome more good, faithful members 
into our midst.— A. H. Hamvt, Dec. 24. 
ILLINOIS. 

Blue Ridge. - Bro. C. S. Holsinger was 
passing through and stopped off over last 
Sunday and preached twice for us in his usual 
earnest way. We were very glad to meet him 
once more. He cherishes the memory of two 
successful series of meetings that be held here 
(in past years), because quite a number were 
baptized.— T. A. Robinson, Mansfield, 111., 
Dec. 19. 

Mt. Morris.— A two weeks' aeries of meet- 
ings, by Br?. Jesse Stutsman, was held at Sil- 
v^i Creek, cloBing yesterday. Bro. Stutsman 
goes from here to Iowa where he will be ad- 
dressed at Ivester until further notice,— Nelson 
Shirk, Dec. 24. 

Sugar Creek.— Dec. 15 the members of this 
church met in quarterly council, which was 
two weeks later than the usual time, because 
our elder could not be with ub at the regular 
time. We were made to rejoice to see so 
many of our young members with us, it being 
their first privilege to meet in council. Bro. 
C. H. Haruly, who has served us so faithfully 
for the past seventeen years as church treas- 
urer, tendered his resignation and Bro. P. A, 
Shearer was elected in his stead. Two were 
received by letter and three letters were grant- 
ed. — Fannie B. Masterson, Auburn, III,, Dec. 
27. 

Waddams Grove.— On Thanksgiving oui 
church met for public services. A collection 
was taken for a sick brother and his familj 
who are in destitute circumstances. Dec. 2C 
was our quarterly council. Three certificates 
were granted. Our Sunday school was reor 
ganized for another year. Brethren Wm 
Eisenbise and Kelly Moore were chosen super 
intendents. A committee of five were ap 
pointed to elect teachers. Bro. Allen Boyei 
acted as moderator. Sister Kate Lutz, who i: 
under the hand of affliction, was anointed z 
few weeks ago. — Albert Myers, Dec. 22, 

INDIANA. 

Bachelor's Run.— Bro. Dorsey Hodgden, ol 
Huntington, Ind., began a series of meeting: 
at our upper house Dec. 8 and continued each 
evening and several days until Dec. 26. 
labored earnestly and presented the truth 
forcible manner. At the close of the met 
a business session was held and brethren Riley 
Flora and J. G. Stinebaugh were advanced to 
the second degree of the ministry.—/. G, 
Stinebaugh, Flora, Ind , Dec. 28. 

Blue Creek. — Bro. J. D. Mishler came to 
our place Dec. 22 and remained over Sunday, 
He gave us three interesting sermons which 
we appreciated much. We would be glad tc 
have more such calls, as the church is weak 
numerically and is in need of much encourage- 
ment.—/. F. Yaney, New Corydon, Ind., Dec, 
37. 

Beaver Dam — Eld. David Dilling 
to oar midst Dec. 8 and gave us twelve strong, 
practical sermons, closing his meetings 1; 
night.— John L. Kline, Sevastopol, Ind., Dec. 
18. 



Baugo.— We met yeBterday at the Baugo 
.use in special council. Bro. H. M. Schwalm 
as ordained to the eldership. Eld, A. H. 
Puterbaugh presided, assisted by elders Hiram 
nd Eli Roose. A good spirit and much har- 
mony prevailed.— Christian Metsler, Wakaru- 
j, Ind, Dec. 26, 
Goshen. — Bro. A. I. Mow, from near Argos, 
Ind., was with us over Christmas and preached 
r us. His method of preaching 
ne of teaching. His sermons 
and full of instruction.-/. H. 
Miller, Dec. 26. 
Ladoga. — Dec. 23 Eld. R. R. Goshorn 
eached for us, and a wife confessed Christ. 
On Christmas day the husband came and both 
baptized. Bro. J. S. Secrist has located 
but will still devote bis time to mission 
work. — Lula Goshorn, Dec. 27. 
Middle Fork.— We held our quarterly coun- 
I Dec. 27. Our elder, Bro. David Dilling, 
as with us. Two were received by letter. A 
mncil was appointed for Jan, 26 to decide 
what wc will do in regard to the Edna meeting- 
juse, as that house is unfit to hold services 
.—John E. Metsger, Rossville, Ind., Dec. 28. 
Nappanee. — We met in quarterly council in 
e evening of Dec. 20, with fair attendance, 
x letters of membership were granted. Since 
ir last report we received six members by 
tier. We decided to have a series of meet- 
gs in the near future. Bro. Jacob Witmore, 
om McPherson, Kans., will conduct them.— 
B. J. Miller, Dec. 21. 
Pyrmont.— Dec. 9 the members here met in 
egular council. One was added to our num- 
>er by letter. There was also one letter grant- 
id. Oar Sunday school was reorganized with 
3ro. John Deal superintendent and Bro. F. K. 



hold a series of meetings in each of the thret 
houses, at Panora, Yale and Bagley.-/. D 
Haughtelin, Panora, Iowa, Dec. 24. 

Crooked Creek.-Bro. H. C. N. Coffman, ol 
South English, low 



Hols: 



Our 



of : 



tings, 



nducted by Bro. Isaac Fran 

ening. Eight precious souls were buried 
with Christ in baptism. Three are the heads 
of families. Others seem near the kingdom, 
livered twenty-five soul-cheer- 
ncluding six day meetings. — 
Ellen Blickenstaff, Dec. 17. 

Rossville — Our dear brother, Samuel Moh- 
ler, is seriously ill. He will be anointed to-day. 
Bro. Mohler is a deacon and church trustee 
and secretary of Mission Board of Southern 
District of Indiana. Our prayer is that the 
Lord will spare him, as he is so useful.— John 
E. Metsger, Dec. 27. 

Santa Fe. -We have just closed another 

>od series of meetings, conducted by Bro. 

imuel Leckrone. He came to us Dec. 8 and 
closed Dec. 23, preaching twenty interesting 
While only one made the good con- 
feel that the church was built up. 
Our quarterly meeting was held Dec. 20. Bro. 
Toney, Bro. Nead and Bro. Elliot were with 
us. Bro. Amos Kendall was advanced to the 
full ministry, brethren Toney and Elliot offi- 
ciating. — Mrs. May Hosteller, Wawpecong, 
Ind., Dec. 25. 

Walnut.— Nov. 25 Eld. W. R. Deet 
menced a series of meetings here and 
ued to Dec. 18. The attendance was mostly 
very good, and the attention excellent. The 
sermons were of a high order and impressed u: 
all with the dignity and majesty of gospel 
truth and Christian life. If revivalists would 
all be so devoted and careful for first-class 
work they would leave much better stamina in 
their fruitage. Three were received into fel- 
lowship by baptism. — A. I. Mow, Argos, Ind. 

Walnut Level — Bro. J. D. Rife, of Con- 

Dec. 15. He stayed till Sunday evening. He 
preached three good sermons. Bro. Eiler, of 
the Mississinewa church, moved to this church. 
Bro. Eiler is a minister in the second degree — 
Malinda S. Studcbakcr, Reiffsburg, Ind., Dec, 
18. 

Yellow Creek — I am in thii congregation 
engaged in a series of meetings. 1 began Dec 
8. Interest and the congregation on the in- 
crease, till the large churchhouse is well filled 
with attentive listeners.— Hiram Forney, Dec. 
'7- 

IOWA. 

Coon River congregation met in council 
Dec. 22 to close up the work of the year and 
century. The statistical report showed only 
four additions, with four deaths, one letter 
granted and one disowned, making a decrease 
of two out of a membership of 190. This seems 
to be the poorest year's work of the existence 
of the Coon River church. We are arranging 



Dec. 



IDe 



preaching thirteen sermons full of truth, 

:ouragement, warning and sound doctrine. 

He devoted half an hour each evening to Bi- 

ble work and studying the life of Christ, which 

interesting and good.— Sarah A. Burger, 

Keota, Iowa, Dec. 24. 

Correction.— In Gospel Messenger No. 
51, under Texas report from Iowa, the amount 
of S5, credited to W. N. Glolfelty, should be 
redited to Frank Glolfelty, Libertyville, Iowa. 
-IV. N. Glotjelly, Libertyville, Iowa, Dec. 24. 
Grundy County.— To-day we met in regu- 
ir quarterly council, Eld. Bowser presiding. 
Officers of our Sunday-school were elected. 
Our elder, who soon expects to move on his 
rm quite a distance from here, is still re- 
ined by the church as presiding elder. On 
Thursday evening next we expect to begin a 
" Jesse Stutsman, 
of Ohio, will preach for us. Last evening our 
school of music, conducted by Bro, J. Henry 
howalter, closed with a full house. Bro. Sho- 
alter is certainly an excellent instructor in 
lusic— Alda E, Albright, Eldora, Iowa, Dec. 

Libertyville.— The church met in regular 
quarterly council Dec. 23, with a good repre- 
mtation of members. The business of the 
eeting passed off with a good spirit prevail- 
on work, especially the District Mission. 
The members were admonished to contribute 
rding to their ability. Some steps were 
taken in preparation for the next District 
Meeting, which is to be held in our church. 
Three letters were granted.— W, N. Glolfelty, 
Dec. 24. 

South Keokuk.— We met in quarterly coun- 
1 Dec. 15. We reorganized our Sunday school 
for the coming year. Bro. B. F. Gillai 
elected superintendent and Bro. D. F. Shelly 
assistant. Our Sunday school is progressing 
nicely.— Grace Brown, Ollie, Iowa, Dec. 20. 

South English. — Last night closed a twe 
weeks' meeting in South English. Bro. C. H 
Brown did the preaching. The attendance 
and attention were good, The Word was held 
forth in an able manner, Seemingly it was a 
sowing and not a reaping time. To-night be- 
gins our Bible school, under direction of Bro, 
E. S. Young. — S. F. Brower, Dec. 22, 

KANSAS. 

Kansas City — Since our last report the 
Sisters' Aid Society here have received from 
Sister Forney, Morrill, Kans , $1.00; Susan Bru- 
baker, Virden, 111., S3.00; J. Harnish, Dorrance, 
Kans., $2.00; J. R. Groff, Missouri, 25 cents; 
Dorrance church, Kans., $2.00; East Maple 
Grove Society, Gardner, Kans., $8.00 and twe 
quilts; Plattsburg, Mo,, thirty garments; Wade. 
Kans., 51.50; Bellville, Kans., one comfort 
forty-three garments. For the above we ten- 
der our most sincere thanks. Your gifts cause 
tears of joy on the part of those receiving help 
See Matt. 26: 11.— Pernie Crist, Sec, 18 S. Mill 
St., Kansas City, Kans., Dec. 22. 

Labette.— We met in council Dec. 22; 1 
good meeting. Everything worked very 
ly. Our elder, W. B. Sell, being absent, 
N. Orenwas selected to take charge of the 
meeting. Our churchhouse is located 
one-fourth miles northeast of Altamt 
have a good attendance. At our com 
N. Oren was elected to solicit for the Gospel 
Messenger. Bro. Ward was elected aa cor- 
respondent for the Messenger. Our church 
is in good working order. While Bro. Sell was 
with us at our love feast there were four addi- 
tions.—/. P. Ward, Dec. 27. 

Ottawa.— Our church at this place met in 
quarterly council Saturday, Nov. 24. Four 
were received by letter, which gave us much 
encouragement. Our elder presided over the 
meeting. We reorganized our Sunday school 
Sunday, Dec. 9. New officers elected were, 
superintendent, J. Ikenberry; assistant super- 
intendent, C. Colbert.— George Colbert, 429 N. 
Ceader St., Dec. 17. 

Pleasant View church met in quarterly 
council Dec. 29, with our elder, A. F. Miller, 
presiding. Everything passed off very pleas- 
antly. We are glad to see the young members 
taking so active a part in God's work. Brother 
and Sister Faltz, from Johnson County, and 



Bro. Royer, from Newton, were present at our 
meeting. We elected Sunday-school 
for the following year: superintendent, 
Wm. Rexroad; assistant superintendent, Bruce 
mWnT -Lena Keedy, Darlow, Kans., Dec. 2Q, 
KENTUCKY. 
Constance.— Bro. Samuel Snell, from Union, 
Ohio, has been conducting meetings here since 
Dec. 8, and preached fourteen soul-inspiring 
also conducted two children's meet- 
[ made seventeen calls. He closed 
last night with good attendance and much in- 
ereat.— John T. Moll, Dec. 22, 
MARYLAND. 
Beaver Creek.— Services at Mt. Zion meet- 
ngbouse Christmas day were conducted by 
)ur elder, Bro. S. B. Snoop. We expect Bro. 
Brice Sell, of Newry, Pa., to be here in Jan- 
uary to hold a series of meetings.— AT. S. Gross- 
nickle, Maplevilte, Md., Dec. 25. 

Meadow Branch.— Our Sunday school here 
had the rich treat on the afternoon of Dec. 22 
of three interesting and instructive talks by 
Profs. W. M. Wine and E. C. Crumpacker, of 
the Maryland Collegiate Institute, and Bro. A. 
P. Snader, of Sam's Creek, Md. Bro. Wine 
preached a convincing sermon from John 14: 6 
to a full house on Sunday morning following; 
also filling the regular appointment in the 
evening in the Westminster church. Four 
Sunday schools in our congregation are rapid- 
ly gaining ground and continue to remain ever- 
green. The interesting Bible study of the 
closing year has given fresh zeal for greater 
intelligent acquirements in the oncoming and 
new quarter.— W. E. Poop, Westminster, Md„ 
Dec. 23. 

Maple Grove.— We met in quarterly coun- 
cil at the upper church of this congregation 
Dec. 7. One was received by letter. We also 
had services on Thanksgiving. A reasonable 
sum was donated for the India sufferers and 
the foreign and home mission. We have taken 
the courage to continue our Sunday school dur- 
ing the cold winter months and hope that we 
may renew our courage and energy as the old 
year goes out and the new one comes in, that 
we may labor more in Christ's vineyard in 1901 
than we did in igoo.— Anna King, Bevansville, 
Md., Dec. 26. 

Manor.— Sunday evening, Dec. 16, closes a 
very interesting and profitable series of meet- 
ings, conducted by Bro. Charles Bonsack, of 
Westminster, Md. Thirteen Bermons were 
delivered, besides quite a great deal of visiting 
in the homes, where one learns to know the 
real life of those whom be visits, Bro. Bon- 
sack has a heart overflowing with love and 
full of zeal for the saving of souls. Three dear 
souls, feeling their need of a Savior, have 
started for the kingdom. — Bertha Rowland, 
Hagerstown, Md., Dec. 16. 

Oakland congregation met in quarterly coun- 
cil Dec. 15. The little business was disposed 
of to the satisfaction of all present. We ex- 
pect to hold another series of meetings in Feb- 
ruary, The work is still moving along slowly. 
God bless the Messenger.— T. B. Digman, 
Mt. Lake Park, Md., Dec. ig. 

Woodberry.— This year for the first time on 
Thanksgiving day we assembled at our house 
of worship and held special services. On Sun- 
day, Dec. 2, Bro. C. C. Ellis preached two able 
and very interesting sermons. On the follow- 
ing Sunday evening Bro. Silas Hoover, of Bills, 
Pa , preached for us. All present felt a keen 
interest in what Bro. Hoover had to say. Our 
brethren always find a hearty welcome in our 
midst.—/. S. Lau, Baltimore, Md., Dec, /8. 
MISSOURI. 
Carthage church met in council Dec. 13. 
One letter was granted. One Old Order sister 
was received. R. F. Bowman was elected as 
clerk; A. M. Neher as Gospel Messenger 
agent and church correspondent. Other busi- 
ness was pleasantly disposed of. Sunday 
school is still moving along nicely. We will 
have a Sunday school missionary collection at 
close of quarter.— A. M. Neher, Dec. 17. 

Mound.— We have just closed an interest- 
ing series of meetings, conducted by Bro. L. 
H. Eby, of Mouud City, Mo. No accessions, 
but much good seed has been sown. — Mollie 
Lents, Adrian, Mo., Dec. IQ, 

Mineral Creek church met in council Dec. 
22, We reorganized ouf Sunday school by re- 
electing Bro. James Mohler superintendent 
and Bro. Abraham McMillen assistant. Dis- 
trict and local mission reported $50.98 since 
March 24. At the close of the meeting our 



Jan. 5, 1901. 



THE GOSPEL ayCESSE^STOE.-R.. 



elder gave as a very interesting and encourag- 
ing talk. — Lydia Lentz, Leeton, Mo„ Dec. 23. 
NEBRASKA. 

Highland.— Our churchhouse, to which many 
have contribnted, is now completed. The ded- 
icatory services will be Sunday. Jan. 6, igoi, 
conducted by Bro. J. E. Young, of Beatrice, 
Nebr. He will continue with a series of meet- 
ings. We will not have a love feast in connec- 
tion with dedication, as was stated in Messen- 
ger, on account of short notice. We would 
be glad to have many come to us at that time 
and remain and enjoy the meetings following. 
— Geo. Mishler, Cambridge, Nebr., Dec, 26. 

South Beatrice.— This church met in quar- 
terly council Dec. 15. Our elder, Owen Peters, 
asked to be relieved. The church granted hi3 
request. The church then made choice of Bro. 
James Gish to be oar elder. Bro. Samuel Ter- 
wiliger waa reelected Sunday-school superin- 
tendent; Bro. Jesse Switzer as assistant. Four 
letters were granted and one received. Our 
Thanksgiving meeting was well attended. A 
collection was taken to send the Messenger 
to some poor, which amounted to over ten dol- 
lars.— Lydia Dell, Rockford, Nebr,, Dec. 20. 
NORTH DAKOTA. 

White Rock.— At our last members' meet- 
ing we were made to rejoice, when four of our 
regular Sunday-school scholars (ranging in age 
from eleven to seventeen years) expressed a 
desire to unite with the church. They were all 
members of one class. They were baptized in 
water from which fourteen ii 
to be taken, and our nearest 
They all st< 
Denleigh, N, Dak,, Dec. 18. 

OHIO. 

Black River.— Bro. D. D. Culler was v 
ns and preached at our Thanksgiving mi 
ings morning and evening. He stayed u 
Sunday evening and preached five sermc 
which were much appreciated. The 1 



1 the he, 



the first week, but i 



of the people. For various 
not so well attended 
was growing. Some 
atternoon meetings were held.— L. A. Book- 
waiter, Trot-wood, Ohio, Dec. 26. 

Palestine.— Bro. Bright closed his meetings 
at the West Branch house Dec. 25, preaching 
sixteen sermons, which were much appreciated 
by all. Our home ministers will begin a series 
of meetings at Fort Jefferson Dec. 30.— Daniel 
Bailsman, Baker, Ohio, Dec, 26. 

Price's Creek.— Bro. D. M. Garver came to 
us Dec. 1 and began a series of meetings at 
itil Dec. 18. He 






enty-t 



inspiring 



.m,! 



four mile 
ell.— Daniel Gensinge. 



for the Me 



for the 



poo 



amounted to four dollars. In my report of 
Communion held Nov. 3 I forgot to say that 
Bro. A. B. Horsf was advanced 
degree of the ministry on that day.— Mary 
Hoover, Chatham, Ohio, Dec. 18. 

Blue Creek church council was held Satur- 
day, Dec. 22. Our elder. Bro. Kiser, was with 
us. Six of our members asked for letters. 
Bro. Oliver Williams and wife go to Michigan. 
He is one of our ministers. Bro. James Harp 
and wife go to Continental, Ohio. He is a 
minister also. Bro. Willard Berkeybile and 
wife {he is one of our deacons) moved to Lev- 
ering, Ohio.— D. W. Gerdes, Broughton, Ohip, 

Bear Creek.-On Sunday, Dec. 23, which 
was our regular appointment, we had a mis- 
sionary sermon preached by one of our home 
ministers. At the close of the meeting a col- 
lection was taken up for the world-wide mis- 
sion, amounting to §81.20. This includes the 
money raised by the different Sunday-school 
classes during the summer.— Josiah Eby, Day- 
ton, Ohio, R. R. No, 4, Dec. 26. 

Casstown — On Thanksgiving evening we 
began a series of meetings at Casstown, Ohio. 
The interest manifested throughout the meet- 
ings was all that could be asked. On each 
Sabbath day we had a children's meeting, ii 
lien of Sabbath school, conducted by Bro. S 
E. Porter. On Sunday, Dec. 9, two dear one: 
came out on the Lord's side and were initiatet 
into the church by the holy ordinance of bap 



one talk to the children. A g. 
manifested throughout. Four made the good 
choice and were baptized. Others were almost 
persuaded. — C. C, Longaneckcr, Dec, 22. 

Portage — Dec. 6 our esteemed brother, C. 
L. Wilkins, of Grelton, Ohio, came into our 
midst and began a series of meetings. He 
continued preaching each evening and Lord's 
Day until the evening of Dec. 23. Bro. Wil- 
kins is an able expounder of the Word. Oui 
congregations were not so largely attended 
but were very much interested in his sermons. 
He made a number of calls in the neighbor- 
hood and invited people out to the services. 
When they would attend one service they were 
then ready and willing to come again. His 
preaching was plain 
came out on the Lord 
Dec. 20, they 
we held servic 
lection was held for the M 



H. Zigler, of May- 



nenced Dec. 



nd the suffer. 



practical. Foui 
e. On Thursday, 
baptized. Thanksgiving 
ise. A col- 
ft Poor fund 



India 



suited in 
ie Depot, 



In the 



had 



ispir 



ing service in the home of our dear old Broth- 
er and Sister Studebaker, who are sadly af- 
flicted, Bro. Studebaker beiDg nearly blind, 
and the dear old grandmother a helpless in- 
valid. They desire an interest in the prayers 
of God's children.— John M. Stover, Bradford, 
Ohio, Dec. 18. 

Lower Miami.— Our church seems to be 
pursuing the even tenor of its way. The num- 
ber of members remains nearly the same.as the 
three welcome additions to the membership 
under Eld. Joseph Spitzer's able series of 
meetings are counterbalanced by those who 
have moved away, and those called by the re- 
lentless hand of death. Bro. W. C, Teeter 1 
:ent!y preached to us.—/. O. Garst, Dayk 



\Dec. 



19. 



Lower Stillwater — Bro. I. J. Rosenberger 
began a meeting in our lower house Dec 1 and 
closed Dec. 18. One was reclaimed and one 
baptized. We feel that the meetings closed 
too soon and that the spirit was beginning to 



raising $22.53.—/. P- Krabill, Pra 
Ohio, Dec, 33, 

Salem.— Bro. D. M. Garver is now with us, 
He came Dec. 22. We expect Bro. J. B. Light 
at Georgetown about the nineteenth or twen- 
ty-sixth of January.— Ezra Flory, Center, Ohio, 
Dec. 25. 

Wllllamstown.— We held our last quarterly 
council of the year and century Saturday, Dec. 
15. The attendance was small, but the Spirit 
was with us. Bro. Shroyer, of Canton, is now 
with us, preaching with his usual earnestness 
and zeal— Chas. A. Bame, Dec. 18. 

OKLAHOMA TERRITORY. 
Big Creek church met in quarterly council 
Dec. 15 Considerable business was disposed 
of and a loving spirit prevailed. Our Sunday 
school will continue through the winter. Bro, 
Louis Holderread was chosen superintendent; 
Bro. John Austin, assistant. The attendance 
at our prayer meeting every Thursday evening 
is small, but hope it will increase. The writer 
was chosen Messhnger correspondent. — Belle 
Kinzie, Ripley, Okta., Dec. 16. 

Mt. Hope.— This church convened in quar- 
terly council Dec. 22. The weather was some- 
clement and not all the members were 
present. Considerable business was transacted 
n the spirit of love. Several letters were 
jranted. We expect to have services Christ- 
Tiaa day. Our evergreen Sunday school 
progressing nicely. — W. R. Brubaker, Acton, 
Okla,, Dec. 23. 

PENNSYLVANIA. 
Buffalo Valley.— Bro. Spencer Beaver, of 
McAlisterville, came to us Nov. 24 and re- 
mained over three Sundays. The meetings 
were all largely attended. We all feel that 
lasting impressions have been made. He 
preached to us on Thanksgiving day. Since 
he left three have united with the church by 
baptism. — Adda Shively, White Springs, Pa„ 
Dec. 17. 

Lancaster City. —A series of meetings is ex- 
pected to begin Jan. 10 in the city church, con- 
ducted by Bro. Jesse Zigler, of Royersford, Pa. 
In special council Dec. 21 the church, with 
Eld, S. R. Zug in charge of the meeting, de- 
cided that the pastor in charge be provided 
and that he give his entire time to the 
k of the church. A special service, asso- 
ciated with the missionary meeting, was held 
1 Christmas evening, consisting of short talks 
d songs by both old and young. The attend- 
ee was good and the meeting much enjoyed 
by all. One feature of the meeting, which was 
quite striking in character, was that a very 
great number in coming to the meeting 
brought a small amount of almost numberless 
varieties of eatables with them, which were 
left in the missionary room before entering the 
church; after which a committee was ap- 
pointed to make distribution to the poor.— T. 
F, Imter, Dec. 27. 



Norrlstown.— Bro. 

land, Va,, has closed 

this place. The meetings coi 

and closed Dec, 20. Attenda 

were good. A love feast will be held about 

Feb. 22— Geo. B. Detwiler, 714 Kohn St., Dec. 

Rockton — Brother and Sister Pentz and 
family, and Sister Almia Humel and family 
expect to leave as shortly for Maryland. We 
are sorry to see them go. Our number is not 
large and thas leaving will leave the work 
harder for the few to bear who remain. We 
hope they will enjoy their oew home. We ex- 
pect Bro. James Sell to hold a meeting in the 
new church at Greenvilleabout the holidays — 
Libbie Hollopeter, Rents, Pa,, Dec. 24. 

Ridge.— With the hope and expectation of 
having a much needed spiritual awakening at 
the Ridge church, we engaged Bro. H. A. Stahl, 
of Glade, Pa., to conduct a series of meetings. 
Bro. Stahl came Dec. 8 and preached twenty 
inspiring sermons, closing on Sunday evening 
Dec. 23. These meetings were highly gratify 
ing to all. Ten precious souls were led to enlei 
through baptism, into a covenant with theii 
Savior. Two others deferred baptism until a 
later date. Many more, we believe, are se- 
riously counting the cost. All Christians were 
much inspired, From here Bro. Stahl went tc 
his home to spend the holidays with his family, 
and to receive a few days' rest before beginning 
a series of meetings at New Enterprise, Pa.— 
C. A. Fogelsanger, Shippensbitrg, Pa,, Dec. 28, 

Sprlngvllle.— Since last report we have had 
one reclaimed, one baptized and one applicant 
for baptism; have held a series of meetings at 
the Mobler house by Bro. Wm. Oberholtzer, of 
Myerstown, Pa„ from Dec, r to Dec. 14. This 
was his first attempt to hold a series of meet- 
ings. He did his part well.— Aaron R. Gibbet, 
Ephrata, Pa„ Dec. 18. 

Spring Orove.— On Wednesday afternoon, 
Dec, 26, the church met in regular council. 
The work was all disposed of nicely. It was 
decided that no one can serve two successive 
years as delegate for Annual and District 
Meetings.— Mary S, Taylor, Vogansville, Pa,, 
Dec, 28. 

Special Notice.— The District Meeting for 
the Eastern District of Pennsylvania for igoi, 

11 be held in the Little Swatara church, 

rks County. Later particulars will be given 
by the clerk, Edward Wenger, Fredericksburg, 
/, W, Taylor, Clerk of last District Meet- 
ing, Vogansville, Pa., Dec. 2./, 
Upper Canowago. 



The 



-pc 



sof : 



etings 



)Eld. O.V, Long 
at our East Ber- 



ating point of 
ne suddenly ill 



church. At tin 

meetings Bro. Long b 
in attack of pneumor 
tated our home ministers to 
losed the meetings 1 
,2 with no additions. — Andrew Bowser, 
East Berlin, Pa., Dec. 26. 

SOUTH DAKOTA. 
Willow Creek,— After my last report Bro 
Beaver held meetings for one week at a mis- 
sion point about eight miles from the home 
church. From there he went to another mis- 
sion point thirty-five miles east of the home 
church. — Eva Heagley, Frederick, S. Dak,, 
Dec, 20. 

TEXAS. 
Miami.— Since our last report four more 
precious souls have been buried with ChriBt in 
baptism in the east part of this congregation, 
commonly known as Gageby. Bro. Felthouse, 
from Indiana, is here and expects to make this 
his home. We met in called council at the 
home of Bro. John Stump in Miami last Satur- 
day, Dec. 22. We decided to hold two love 
feasts, one Jan. 5 at the new schoolhouse, 
leven miles southeast of Miami; and the other 
ill be held on Gageby June 1. Members, and 
especially ministers, traveling through on this 
line of the Santa Fe will be cordially welcomed 
f they will stop over with us.— Levi O, Ebey, 

Manvel.— This church met in regular quar- 
rly council Dec. 15. Arrangements were 
ade for rebuilding our cburcbhouse as soon 
; possible. Four church letters were granted 
id one received. Sunday school was reorgan- 
ized for a year with Cora Moore as superin- 
tendent and D. A. Peters assistant. Bro. J. H. 
Peck waschosen church correspondent. — A, E, 
Ennis, Dec. 22. 

Panhandle.— With pleasure I report another 
good meeting held in this congregation, but in 
another place, conducted by Bro. Felthouse. 



neeting commenced Dec. 2 and continued 
over the following Sunday. Four were re- 
ceived into the church by baptism— a man and 
wife and two young men. Three of them were 
Methodists. — Louisa Stump, Miami, Texas, 
Dec. 17, 

Paahandle—We, the Brethren of the Pan- 
handle church, Texas, met in council Dec, 22. 
All business before the meeting passed off 
pleasantly. It was agreed to hold a love feast 
Jan. 5. We would be glad to entertain breth- 
ren and sisters from other congregations.— 
Louisa Stump, Miami, Texas, Dec. 2J, 

VIRGINIA. 

Burk's Fork.— Bi 

WnrreiiBbiug, Mo., 

meetings at our place Nov. tg, continuing until 

Nov. 30. During the meetings he preached the 

dedicatory sermon. The church in called 

council changed the name from Union to 

Burk's Fork. Bro. Yer 

Bro. J. C. Woody, of So 



M. Yearout, of 



ul-cb& 



vas followed by 
, N. C, who gave 



■ing 



Four 



out 



on the Lord's side Jan. 4 
Santos, Va., Dec, /j, 


—Austin Hylton, 


Crlmora Station.— Bro. 

Barrenridge, Va., came 
Dec. 6 and preached eightee 
that had fallen away were re 
bership and five came out 


I. C. Garber, of 
Forest Chapel 
n sermons. Three 
toredtofullraem- 
n the Lord's side 



and were received into the fold by baptism; 
one applicant to be received in the near fu- 
ture, and many more near the church.— S. F. 
Scrogham, Dec. 2$, 

Falrvlew congregation dedicated their new 
church Dec. g. Bro. Wyatt Reed preached 
the sermon, others taking a part in the service. 
At the close of the meeting two decided to lay 
sin aside; one came back to the fold. At night 
brethren Andrew Reed and John C. Woodie 
preached for us. Two more came forward on 
Monday following. Bro. Wyatt Reed came 
Dec. 15. Four were buried with Christ in 
baptism, On Sunday one more came for- 
ward. — Lizzie Sluslter, Willis, Va„ Dec. 17. 

Llnvllle Creek.— Eld. H. C. Early, of Monte- 
video, came to this church on Thursday, Dec. 
6, and commenced a series of meetings at the 
He continued until the evening 
e meetings were well attended 



of Dec. 
nd the 






ved by baptism, TMb church had quite 

ivilege of attending series of meetings, 

We have had four meetings at four different 



lected. Four se 

four different pla 

baptized was 



s of meetings were held at 
i this fall. While the num- 
>t so large, we hope that 



harvest in the future.— Michael Zigler, Broad- 
way, Va., Dec. 23, 
Kedoak Orove.— Dec, 



.Chas. M, Year 



j of 1 



Creek, in the bounds of the Redoak Grove 
congregation. He preached nineteen sermons, 
principally on doctrine, He very ably de- 
fended the truth. He closed Dec, 16. No ad- 
ditions to the church, but the members very 
much built up.— Asa Bowman, Epperly, Va., 
Dec. 30. 

WEST VIRGINIA. 
New Dale.— Bro. F. A. Yankey, of Rocking- 
ham County, Virginia, came to us Nov. II and 
preached every night till Nov. 17, when we had 
a love feast, Bro. Yankey officiated. He alao 
delivered an able discourse on Sunday morn- 
ing. There were no additions to the church, 
but Bro. Yankey held forth the Word with 

H, Miller, Nov. 36. 



CORRESPONDENCE 



Annual Meeting Location. 



lpter carefully 1 
different places 



nsidering the merits of 
competing, the Annual 
Meeting locating committee unanimously de- 
nied that Lincoln, the Capital City, should be 
the place where the next Annual Meeting will 
ie held. The city is large enough to comfort- 
bly lodge all that will attend the meeting. 
The railroads extend in every direction, mak- 
ing it an easy place to go to, both for the mem- 
bers within the State and for those outside. 

The tract of land selected on which the 

meeting is to be held is in the north part of 

the city, convenient to lodging places and con- 

{ Concluded on last page.) 



TBLS GOSPEL 



Prom Botse, Idaho. 

OUR State is now being illuminated by the 
Gospel as preached by the Brethren. Many 
of the Brethren are settling in several parts of 
Idaho and are doing much towards spreading 
the Word of God. There is a large mission 
field open right here in Idaho. Many pi 
the people have nevei 
preach. May the time I 
every valley shall ring 
back ten thousand prai; 
For every curse that h 
time past, may every valley be marked by a 
Brethren meetinghouse. I have lived in Idaho 
eleven years and have not had the privilege of 
attending the Brethren's meeting until Sept. 15, 



ard the Brethren 
ot far distant when 
d every hill echo 
to the Most High, 
een uttered in the 



when 1 attended 
ing we all enjoyed. 
Dec. 5. 



tNa 



. E. Fi< 



Wb are still working here the 



ir ted, We ha 






1 A, M. Our 



1 thirty. We find it 



much harder to get children interested in t 
Sunday-school lessons in the city than in t 
country. We have Bible class at three a 
preaching at seven o'clock on Sunday evenit 
and on Wednesday evening at eight. 

I have started a sewing class Saturday aft 
noons from two to three. I have ten lit 
girls at present. We are putting forth effo 
to get out among the poor class of peop 
There are many that are destitute in this great 
city; but if 



the 



suffering it i 



ty fifteen years in the church to which he 

formerly belonged. Being zealous in the work 

of bis Master and always eager to do what be 
led best for the welfare of the church, he 
>rdained and became the presiding elder 

of the Antietam congregation, Pa., after the 

death of Eld. Jacob F. Oiler. 
On Dec. g, 1900, he attended church in the 
orning, about one and one-half miles from 
wn, and after services stood by the water's 
lge and witnessed four persons buried with 
ririst in baptism. He returned home and at 
e evening service Bro. Brice Sell, who was 

then laboring among ua, announced that Bro. 
er was not feeling well and at the advice 

of the physician be remained at home. We, 
.deed, missed him, as that was the first even- 
,g in the two weeks in which Bro. Sell was 
ith us in which bia chair was vacant. Early 
•xt morning the sad news reached us that 
ro. Snider had passed away. About four 
clock he was stricken with apoplexy and in a 
:w minutes more he quietly and peacefully 
ent home; of which home he loved much to 
icditate and hold forth its beauties and mag- 
ificence to thoBe of his household. 
On Thursday, Dec. 13, the funeral services 
ere conducted by Bro. Sell, assiBted by thi 

home ministers. The large concourse of peo 
Lssembled at this time attested the high 
:m in which be was held by the comn 



atly . 



hould not 



religion to them. I have been in severa 
homes where my heart was made to ache be 
cause I could not do more for Ihcm. Ont 
poor woman said she started to come to oui 
mission, but she got so cold she had to turn 
back. She was dressed so thin. She said she 
would like to send her children to the Sunday 
school if they had shoes and clothes. 

Sometimes we feel a little discouraged, but 
then again I think: Why should we be dis- 
couraged? If God has a people here he will 
open the way to reach their hearts. Only 
about twenty to twenty-fivecome out to preach- 
ing, while at the same time other fine churches 
are' filled to overflowing. If I am r 
taken the number of the churches here 
was seventy-six. Since then the number has 
perhaps reached one hundred. At that tic 
there were twenty Roman Catholic church. 
Oh, the thousands of dollars that has been 
put in those fine churches! and at the a: 
time there are hundreds starving for the 1 
essaries of life. I am told that all the chu 
es are very fine and they worship in the la 
style. Many of the churches here conduct 
their services in the French language. 

Pray for us, dear brethren and sisters. Dc 
not think for a momemt that our life is all 
sunshine and pleasure. Though we do nol 
have the trials that our dear members have ir 
India aod other places, yet we have the trial! 
that belong to the Montreal mission, which ii 
different from any other mission in the Broth 
erhood. Lizzie Hilary. 

16 La Londe Ave., Montreal, Canada, 

Dec. 15. m 

Sketch of the Life of Elder Jacob Solder. 



Although we w 
sel and fatherly c 
loss is his gain, w 
but rather rejoice that he 
temptations and sin with w 

He is survived by a wifi 
seven daughters. Sudie 

Waynesboro, Pa, 



by Editor Murray-Aaron; " Oor 

Foreign Trade," by Prof. Allen, not to mention 

e various topics discussed in Editor Clare's 

;ular department of " The World's Doings," 

d " In Washington Corridors," by A. Logan. 

addition to these " The World's Greatest 

isiness House," a sketch of the enormous 

siness of our national postal system, "As To 

Coffee Substitutes" and" The California Big 

Trees," by Prof. Charles E, Aaron, are articles 

of special practical interest and value. 

MATR1MONIAL- 



EIKENBERRY— TURNER— At the resi- 
dence of Bro. J. C. Wine, Dec. 13, 1000, by the 
writer, Bro. Isaac Eikenberry and Sister Sallie 
R. Turner, of Laplace, 111. Jacob Wvne. 

KINNEY — ALBAUGH. — By the under- 
signed, at Des Moines, Iowa, Dec. 12, 1900, 
Bro. Geo. W. Kinney, of Ankeney, Iowa, to Sis- 
ter Viola M, Albaugh, of Tyner, Iowa. 

Jefferson Mathis. 

RAYMON— KNEPPER.-At the residence 
of the undersigned, at Bakersville. Pa., Dec 
2, tooo, Bro. Uriah F. Raymon, of Brothertoo 
Pa., and Sister Emma Knepper, of Lavans. 
ville, Pa. Eld. Josiah Berkley. 

SUTTER— MURREY— At the home of the 

bride's mother, McPherson, Kans., by the 

dersigned, Bro. J. H. Sutter, of Roanoke, L 

and Sister Effie Murrey, of McPherson, Kan 

C. E. Arnold. 



. . FALLEN i ASLEEP 



Statistics of the Sangervllle Congre- 
gation, Va., for the Year 1900. 



of : 



the 



congregation at 

last year's report 3'C 

Number received by baptism this year 63 

Number received by letter, £ 

Number restored to fellowship J 

Number removed by death, I 

Number moved out by letter, ; 

Number disowned i 

Number of members in congregation 36: 

Increase for the year 5 

A.J. Miller, Sec. 



BURNS.— In th( 
church, Mo., Dec. 
roonia, Albert Bur 
He leaves a wife and 
the graveyard by Eld. 



OUR BOOK TABLE. 

Ex-President Cleveland is writing for The 

Saturday Evening Post a series of strong 

articles which will appear in the magazine 

lg the winter months. Some of these 

papers will deal with the personal problems of 

young men. They will be Mr. Cleveland's 

utterances in any magazine on the ques- 

s of the day since be left the White House. 

Cleveland's opening paper, which ap- 

red in The Post December 22, discuss 

asterly manner a most important pha 

national politics. 



Perhaps few people have been bette: 
known in this community and respected mort 
wherever known than our late elder, Jacob 
Snider. 

Bro. Snider was bom in Bavaria, Germany, 
June 12, i82g, When he was six years of age 
his parents moved to this country and settled 
in Shellaburg. Bedford Co., Pa. Here he was 
reared, together with his two brothers and two 

When twenty years old he married Mary A. 
Kiel, and this indeed proved a happy anion. 
Two years ago they celebrated their fiftieth 
wedding anniversary. 

His parents were members of the Lutheran 
church, but after coming to this country they 
embraced the faith of the River Breth 
church. Early in life Bro. Snider united with 
the church of his father and soon became a no in 
ister in that church. About twenty-eight year; 
ago he moved to Wayneaboro, Pa., and be- 
coming acquainted with the Brethren church 
knocked at the door for admittance. Two 
weeks after coming to the church 
elected a minister, having served in this capac- 



In variety and worth of contents McClure's 
Magazine for January is notable, as well for 
literary merit and for art. There is a careful 
and vivid pen-picture of the Emperor Wil- 
liam, that most interesting figure of contem- 
porary royalty. From this study by Mr. Ray 
Stannard Baker the reader gains definite ac- 
itauce with the man and the aovereign. A 
third article of merit is entitled "Great 
Achievements of Modern Bridge Building.' 
Here Mr. Frank W. Skinner, C. E., relates 
t marvels in this most marvelous branch 
of modern engineering, and we learn just 
t is that America leads the world in 



A clever study of Chicago types is made by 
Miss Edith Wyatt in " Limitations," and in 
"The Chairman's Politics," Mre.Will Payne 
mingles love and politics in a delightful come- 
dy. 



,- L..r-: 

bounds of Ferrenburg 
5, 1900, of typhoid pneu- 
s, aged about 26 years, 
d one child. Services at 
ises Cruea. 
Tabitha Cruea. 
BRENNAMAN.— In the Lanark church. 111., 
Dec. 14, 1900, of paralysis, Sister Susan Brer 
naman, aged 69 years, 7 months and 13 day: 
She waa a faithful sister. Services by the 
writer, assisted by Eld. Livengood, of the 
Progressive church, and Eld. Mackey, of the 
Winebrennerians. I. Bennett Trout. 

BASHOR.— At Longmont, Colo., Dec. 9, 
igoo, of Bright's disease, Susan Bashor, aged 
ly 78 years. She was a faithful member of 
the Brethren church. She leaves a husband 
and nine children. One child preceded her. 
Services at the Brethren church at Hygiene, 
conducted by Eld. Henry Myers and brethren 
Weidman and Larick. P. F. Fesler . 

BUTTERBAUGH.— In the West Branch 
congregation, 111., Dec. 13, 1900, Bro. Daniel 
Butterbaugh, aged 53 years, 3 months and 28 
days. He leaves a wife and seven childreo. 
Services at the West Branch house by Eld. M, 
S. Newcomer, assisted by Eld. E. P. Trostle. 
D. A. Rowland. 

CLARK. — In the Silver Creek church 
Williams Co, Ohio, Dec. 12, 1900, Ora, son ol 
friend William and Margaret Clark, aged 20 
years, n months and 10 days. He leaves fa- 
ther, mother, six brothers and two sisters. 
Services by the writer, assisted by Bro. E. M, 
Rittenhouse, from Gal. 6: 7, 8. 

J. W. Keiser. 

COGLEY.— In the Waddam's Grove church 
Stephenson Co., III., Dec. 12, looo, of typhoid 
fever and pneumonia, Bro. George Cogley, aged 
35 years, 8 months and 15 days. Jan. 28, 1891, 
he was married to Calley J. Ankney, who sur- 
vives him, as do also four children, his mother, 
six brothers and two sisters, This brother just 
moved out from Pennsylvania last March. 
by Bro. Israel Stees from Matt. 24: 44 



Jan. 5, 1901. 

Nov. 18. The funeral was preached by the 
vriter, assisted by Bro. T. J. Watkins and S. J. 
-larrison. On account of sickness in the fam- 
ily, the preaching of Sister Maud Miller's 
funeral bad been postponed, and both funerals 
were preached at the same time from 1 Thess. 
4: 13 and Matt. 24: 44- J- U. G. Stiverson. 

EYER.— In the Warriorsmark congregation, 
Pa., Dec. 10, 1900, of dropsy and heart trouble, 
Bro. John Eyer, aged 67 years, 2 months and 
14 days. He had been affected with this dis- 
ease for a couple of years and was very poorly 
a year ago, but became strong again until this 
last attack. His wife, Sister Eliza, died about 
six years ago. Eleven children survive him. 
Bro. Eyer was an active, true Christian, and 
faithfully filled the office of deacon for many 
years. His life was inoffensive, yet aggres- 
sive. He was anxious and zealous for the 
growth of the church, always ready to contribute 
of his time and means to such movements as 
would tend to furthering its interests. His 
body was buried at the Cross Roads cemetery. 
Services by the writer from 2 Sam. 3: 38, as- 
sisted by brethren Rodney Coffman and M. O. 
Lane. W. S. Long.* 

ENGLER.— At Surrey, N. Dak., Oct. 10, 
rgoo, Sister Elizabeth J. Engler, aged 38 yearB, 
2 months and 5 days. She leaves a husband 
and six children. She was a model Christian 
woman. Services by Eld. Amos B. Peters 
from 1 Cor. 15: 55- Daniel M. Shorb. 

FOSTER.— In South River church, Iowa, 
Dec. 14, 1900, George H. Foster, aged 73 years, 
8 months and 2 days. He was born in Harri- 
sonburg, Rockingham Co., Va., April 12, 
1827. He was married to Mary Chandler, 
April 26, 1849- He came west in 1858. To 
them were born eleven children. He died at 
the home of his son-in-law, Mr. M. B Cellman, 
in Clarke County, Iowa. Bro. Foster united 
with the Brethren church about twenty-five years 
ago, and lived a quiet, consistent life. He 
was greatly concerned about the church's 
welfare. His affliction was of long duration, 
but was borne with Christian fortitude. A 
saintly companion, two sons and three daugh- 
ters survive him. Services by fhe writer from 
Acts 8: 2. W. W. Folger. 

FASHBAUG — At the home of her daugh- 
ter, in the Bethel church, Milford, Kosciusko 
Co., Ind., Dec. 7, 1900, of old age, Sister Cath- 
irine Fashbaug, aged 88 years, 4 months and 
8 days. She was born in Bedford Connty, 
Pa., August 20, 18 II. When six years old she 
ith her parents, moved to Tuscarawas County, 
Jacob Fashbaug i 



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with articles of particular value to those who 
desire to keep in close touch with the world 
movements of to-day. Among these may be 
mentioned the "Crisis in China," by Editoi 
Clare; " The Industrial Crisis in Germany," by 
Consul-General Mason; "The Solid South," by 
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EBY.— At Sunnyside, Wash., Nov. 16, 1900, 
Harrison Rollen, son of Eld. D. B.and Hannah 
Eby, aged 20 years, 9 months and 23 days. 
Deceased was born at Lena, Stephenson Co , 
111., Jan. 24, 1880. He united with the Breth- 
ren church at the age of seventeen and contin- 
ued faithful. In his lingering sickness (con- 
sumption) he was peculiarly patient, cheerful, 
and hopeful, appropriating his sickness to his 
spiritual good. He was buried at Sunnyside, 



husband, two sons and four 
eded her. She united with the 
t church about forty years ago, 
a faithful member until death. 
d. Daniel Rothenberger. 
Chauncey I. Wevbright. 
GLICK.— In the Beaver Creek congregation, 
Va., Dec. 2, 1900, Sister Barbara A. Glick, aged 
43 years, 1 month and 4 days. Sister Glick 
leaves an aged mother, three brothers and two 
sisters. Sister Glick possessed that meek and 
quiet spirit referred to in 1 Pet. 3: 4- Inter- 
ment in the Beaver Creek cemetery. Services 
by Bro. A. S. Thomas from Psa. 116: 16. 

M. B. Miller. 
GROVE.— In the North Liberty church, Ind., 
Nov. 19, 1900, Bro. John Grove, aged 76 years, 
7 months and 19 days. Deceased was born in 
Erie County, N. Y., and was married to Fannie 
Geyer of that State. To this union were born 
ten children, all of whom are living. The re- 
taken to Conway Springs, Kans., 
for burial. Samuel Borough. 

GOODYEAR.— Near Sweetser, Ind., Dec. 
■., 1900, Sister Nancy S. Goodyear, wife 
of Bro. John Goodyear, of Rocklake, N. 
Dak., aged 52 years, 4 months and 1 
day. She was the daughter of Eld. Jesse and 
Lavina Myers, She was married to Bro. 
Goodyear in 1879. To this union were born 
two childreo, of whom one son is living. In 
her marriage she assumed the responsibility 
of being a mother to three motherless children, 
and faithfully discharged that sacred trust. 
She united with the church when very young, 
and always was an active and willing helper 
in every department of church work. During 
her last illness she was living at the home of 
her stepdaughter, Agnes Sheron, at Sweetser, 
Ind. Her sufferings from cancer were intense, 
but she bore them with Christian patience. 
Services by the writer. Otho Winger. 



Jan, 5, 1901. 



THE GOSPEL ^rESSrEICTQ-IEIR,. 



HENNEY. — In East Nimishillen, Ohio, 
Nov. 17, 1900, of diphtheria, Sister Sophia 
Henney, nee Royer, aged 47 years, 3 months 
and 18 days. She leaves a husband, one 
daughter, three brothers and three sisters. 
She was a kind mother, a good neighbor and 
faithful member of the Brethren church. She 
is missed by all who knew her. Services Dec. 
3 by elders N. Longanecker and C. F. Kinsley 
from Matt. 17: 2. D. F. Ebie. 

IRVIN.— At Cleveland, Ohio, Nov. 3, 1900, 
Letitia Luella Bechtel Irvin, aged 26 years, o 
months and 2 days. Deceased was b 
Huntingdon County, Pa., Feb. 1, 1874. 
united with the church at Huntington while 
a student at the College Feb. iS, 1893. She 
was married to George Hoff Irvin, of Orville 
Ohio, Sept.6, 1899. Her body was buried from 
the home of her mother, Sister Anna Bechtel 
Grafton, Pa., Nov. 6, 1900. She was living ir. 
Cleveland where her husband is a student in 3 
medical college. The city was smoky and 
dull, and they decided to go to Niagara in s 
boat. She was in her usual health when they 
left their home. On the way she bee; 
but after a few minutes' rest was bettei 
aisted on going to the boat and getting away 
from the smoke. Before the boat left thi 
wharf, she again became ill; an ambulance 
hurried her to the hospital where ahe died of 
heart failure at nine o'clock. 

W. J. Swigart. 

KARN.— In the West Nimishillen church, 
Stark Co., Ohio, Dec. 15, 1900, Sister Rachel 
Kara, mother of Eld, Samuel Sprankel, aged 
83 years, 4 months and iq days. Nov. 19, 

1837, she was married to Jacob Sprankel, who 
died Dec. 1, 1850. Oct. 12, 1856, she was 
married to Samuel Karn, who died Sept. 13, 
1892. She lived a faithful Christian life. 
Services by N. Longanecker, E. S. Young, and 
H. S. Young from Matt. 17: 2. D. F. Ebie. 

LAIRD.— In Tyrone, Pa., Dec. 10, igoo, of 
pulmonary consumption, Mrs. Lizzie (Ginter) 
Laird, wife of Harry E. Laird, aged 20 years, 
ri months and 13 days. The deceased was a 
consistent member of the M, E. church for ten 
years. In her life she was kind, gentle, and 
amiable in disposition. She was the only 
daughter of James and Julia M. Ginter, and 
married July 26, 1900. She was never known 
to attend places of worldly amusement or 
questionable propriety. She would not attend 
church festivals, though her own church 
strongly supported them. Services, at her re- 
quest, by her pastor and the writer, assisted by 
Bro. Rodney Coffman, W. S. Long. 

LAPE.— Near Berlin, Pa., in the Brothers' 
Valley church, Dec. g, 1900, Sister Catharine 
Lipe, aged 85 years, 9 months and 17 days. 
Her husband preceded her about twelve 
years. Services by the writer, from Rev. 14: 
13- W. G. Schrock. 

LIGHTNER— At his home on Back Creek, 
Pa., Nov. 30, 1900, of pneumonia, Bro. Samuel 
Lightner, aged 70 years, His wife preceded 
him a week and one day. She died with the 
same disease. She was a member of the Meth- 
odist church. Interment on their own place. 
Vena S. Bussard. 

MISHLER,— In the Springfield church, Por- 
tage Co., Ohio, Dec. 18, 1900, Bro. Isaac Mish- 
ler, aged 62 years, 3 months and 4 days. He 
was born in Summit County, Ohio, Sept. 14, 

1838, He was married to Elizabeth Lutz Nov, 
17, 1859. To this union were born six children, 
of whom three survive. He leaves many 
friends and relatives. Services by Eld. David 
Young from Rev. 14: 12, 13. H, E. Kurtz. 

MOWERY— In the Woodstock congrega- 
tion, Shenandoah Co., Va., Dec. 10, iqoo, Sister 
Matilda C. Mowery.wife of Bro. H. R. Mowery, 
aged 44 years, 3 months and 16 days. Sister 
Tilla was strong in the faith. She leaves a 
husband, one sister and two brothers. Services 
at the Union church by J. W. Wakeman and 
O. H. Shaver from Isa, 38: 5. 

M. H. Copp. 

MEISELL.— At West Falls, Md., Dec. 5, 
1900, of paralysis, Sister Elizabeth Meisell, 
aged 52 years. She leaves a husband. She 
was a consistent member. Services at Locust 
Grove church, by Eld. Wm. Franklin. Text, 
Num. 23: 10. Maggie E. Ecker. 

RICHIE.— In the Killbuck church, Ind., 
Dec. 11, iqoo, Claude William, infant son of 
Bro. A. W. and Sister Clara E. Ritchie, aged 5 
months and 2 days. M, M. Shsrrick. 



ROGERS.-In Hooversville, in the bounds 
of the Quemahoning church, Somerset Co., 
Pa., Dec. 14. 1900, Sister Mary Rogers, aged 72 
years, 4 months and 23 days. She was con- 
fined to her room for over three years from a 
replication of diseases, which she bore pa- 
ntly. She is survived by three sons and 
four daughters. Services in the Brethren 
church in Hooversville by the writer, assisted 
by Bro. N. J. Blough. S. P. Zimmerman. 

STIFFLER.— In the Tippecanoe church, 
Kosciusko Co., Ind., Nov. 12, 1900, Bro. Daniel 
SlifHer, aged 81 years and 18 days. Services 
at the U. B. church near his home from Rev. 
21: 5 by the writer. 

Daniel Rothenberger, 

SHAFFER.— In Scalp Level, Pa., Dec. 6, 
1900, Bro. Daniel D. Shaffer, aged 32 years, 9 
months and 28 days. He leaves a wife (a sis- 
ter) two sons and four daughters. He united 
with the Brethren church in 1891 and was 
elected to the ministry in 1893. He was a 
faithful worker in the church. Services by 
Bro. J. J. Shaffer, assisted by Bro. Hiram 
Lehman. W. H. Fry. 

STARK.— In the East Nimishillen church, 
Ohio, Oct. 18, 1900, of typhoid fever, Bro. Ben< 
jamin F. Stark, aged 17 years, 3 months and 3 
days. His parents, one brother and one sistei 
preceded him. Three brothers, two sisters 
and many relatives mourn his departure . 
Services by elders N. Longanecker and C. F 
Kinsley from Psa. 39: 7. D. F. Ebie, 

SMITH.— In the Morrill church, Brown Co., 
Kans., Dec. 3, 1900, of consumption, Bro. A 
tin Cecil Smith, son of J. I. and Sister Adali 
Smith, aged 18 years and 1 day. Services 
the Morrill churchhouse by Bro. John Eisi 
bise, assisted by Wm. Davia from John 9: 4 and 
Jer. 15: 9, Bro. Austin united with the church 
sometime in August. R. E. Eisenbi: 

STONER.— In the bounds of the M< 
church, Kans., Dec. 7, 1900, Winnifred Si 
wife of H. B. Stoner, aged 28 years, 10 months 
and 4 days. Services in the Brethren church 
by brethren John Eisenbise and Christian Hal- 
deman from Job 14: 14. R. E. Eisenbise. 

SIMMONS.— At her home, near North Eng 
lish, Iowa, Dec. 13, 1900, Sister Jannet, wife of 
Bro. Andrew Simmons, aged 68 years, 2 month: 
and 23 days. She was born in Scotland, Sept, 
20, 1832. She came to this country in 1861 
married to A. J. Simmons April 17, 1870, who 
is left in an infirm condition. She united with 
the church in 1870, and was among our mosl 
loyal members. She was the mother of fou: 
children. Services by Eld. C. H. Brown fron 
Job, 14: 14. S. F. Brower. 

STOUFFER:— In the East Dayton church, 
Ohio Dec, 4, iqoo, Frankie, son of Bro. J. and 
Sister B. Stouffer, aged 9 years, 6 months and 8 
days. His sickness was of short duration, 
leaves father, mother and one sister. He 
buried at the Georgetown cemetery. Serv 
by the writer. D. C, Stutsmai 

SMITH.— In the Burksfork congregation, 
Floyd Co., Va., Dec. 8, 1900, Sister Jane Smith, 
aged 90 years, 9 months and g days. She \ 
a member of the Brethren church for a nt 
ber of years. She was an invalid for qulti 
while. Servicei by Bro. Zebram Keith and 
the writer. Text, 2 Cor. 5 : 10. 

A. J. Weddle 

TOPPER.— At Waterloo, Ind., Nov. ig, igoo, 

W. H. Topper, aged 72 years and 5 months. 

Services by the writer from 1 Sam, 2g: 18. 

J. W. Killi 



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Mission Report from Dec. 15 to Dec. 22 

WORLD-WIDE missions. 
.mated to this land will be as. 
necessity demands It. This fund 

irwlse designated, wl 



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It 1b hoped th 



Previously reported *7,8o5 5> 

IOWA.— Daniel Niswander, South English, 
«3.3a; W,C. Klmmel, Sheldon, |io; Des Moines 
Valley cong.. Jio; W. A. Blough, Waterloo, I31 
Mrs. S. B. Miller, Des Moines, (10.50; Kingsley 
cong., J3-68; * sis^r. Gteta Mountain, *7-45; 
marriage notice, Jefferson Mathias, 50 cents; 
Brooklyn cong., (8; Abble Miller, Waterloo, Is; 



PA.—Joslah Roop, Glen Iro 
Run cong., U AT- M. C. Homer. Meyersdaie, 
D. G. Hendricks, Chester, Jt.ai; Mrs. Sarah 
Attick, Mecbanlcsburg, (i.So; I.N. H. Beal 






: notice, J. Berkley, so 



IX(.u;D. Vansycklc, Lelpsic.Ji; total, . .... 
Marriage notice, Jacob Wyno, So cents; 
MaryC. Fisher. Pearl City, Is; Hudson cong,, 
A. M. and Susie Flory. Mt. Morris, *«; 
Rockvale S, S„ ti.69; Silver Creek cong,, Its; a 

brother, Lanark, 78 conts; total, , 

Ind,— A sister, Mooticollo, 

Md.— H.J. Hutchison. Cordova 

W. VA.-Mrs. Cath, Bays, Russolvllle, 13.50; 
arrlet and O. W. Reed. Easton, 16; total. 
Dak.— Salem cong 



N.J.- 



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CAT..— J. A Brubakcr, Merced, . 
Mo.— Mary A. Esliolman, Alma, 
Va— James Sulckle, Roanoke, . 
Kans.— Susan Cochran, WhlUwa 1 
MaryR. Moler. Clyde, is cents; 
C. E. Arnold, So cents; total, . 



Total I. 



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WASHINGTON MEETINGHODSB. 

[The house in Washington la now finished, b 1 
funds are greatly needed and should be sent at 
cancel Indebtedness.] 
Previously repor(ed 

Iowa— Classes 3, 4, and 5, Pierson, lio; Watei 



Omo.-BrctlircnS.S.. Pltsburg 
W, VA.-Harrlet and O. W. Re< 
Md.— Pipe Creek S.S., .... 

Mo.— Mound City cong 

Cal.— In His Name. Tropico, 



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Total lor year beginning April, 1900 |6ao ; 

INDIA ORPHANAGE. 

Previously reported 11,344 1 

PA.-MaryS.Gelger, Phlla 110 1 

Iowa— Church's Aid Society. South Water- 
loo, I30; Classes 3, 4, and 5, Pierson, (30.04; total, So 1 
N. DAK.-Martha Kessler. Cando 5 ' 



. Va.- 






Omo.-Mra. J. S. Whltmor, Houston, «i; 

er, Springfield cong., %\\ total 

IND.-Rachel Weaver. Brimfield 

Cal.-J. A. Brubaker, Merced 



sis- 



a thousands starvet 



f that benighted land, 



'reviously reported,, 9io,39i 

VV. Va.— Harriot and O. W. Reed, Easlon, . 6 < 
Ind.— A sister, Eaton, ti; Union cong., I t.v<; 



Mu.- 



S. S's. $3; Unki 



1 Pipe Creek and Rocky Ridge 



H.iRer 



, 8a 1 



total, 

Ohio— S. S. Snyder, Baltic, 

Total (or year beginning April, 1000, ... I 
SWITZERLAND MEETINGHOUSE, 

Previously reported J078 15 

Iowa.— Riley Turner, Palmer 11 

Total lor year beginning April, iqoo, .... (079 
INDIA MISSION. 
Previously reported ■■■'■■.■, 



W. Va.-Nbi 



, Fain 



i. S. Snyder, Baltic, . . . 

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nected with the heart of the city, with an elec- 
tric car line that enters the grounds, It is well 
sodded and rolling enough for good drainage, 
with sufficient trees for shade. On the ground 
are a tabernacle of sufficient size, lunch coan- 
ters, dining ball, committee rooms, offices and 
other buildings sufficient to lodge one thou- 
sand people; also about three hundred rooms 
eight by twelve feet that bad been used for a 
short time each season for keeping horses. 
These will be fitted up into nice lodging places 
for families or clubs. 

The drinking water to be furnished is the 
purest well water. The grounds will be well 
lighted with electric lights. Passengers com- 
ing in on the railroads will be unloaded at the 
gates entering the grounds. The committee 
of arrangements will be in a position to make 
the stay of those attending the meeting a com- 
fortable one. 

From a financial standpoint it would have 
been difficult for the committee to decide 
which place offered the best inducements; but 
for the convenience and the comfort of those 
taking part in the meeting, in the minds of the 
committee Lincoln possessed superior advan- 
tages. Wm, Mohler. 

Falls City, Nebr,, Dec, 24, 



From Bulltown, W. Va. 

Nov. 9 my daughter Stella and 1 reached 
Pleasant Valley church, in Gilmore County, 
West Virginia, where I had been requested to 
hold a series of meetings.. I preached in the 
evening and continued till Nov, 19. Though 
the weather was very inclement most of the 
time we had good congregations and atten- 
tion; but, like most meetings of the kind, it 

Pleasant Valley is a new cburchhouse and 
not very strong in membership, but the mem- 
bers are zealous in the cause and very desirous 
of building up a strong church, which 1 be- 
lieve they will do, as they have good, fertile soil, 
the citizens are good and they have no opposi- 
tion that amounts to anything. Bro. M. C. 
Czigan is their only resident minister, Bro. D. 
J. Miller, of Overhill, W. Va.. has the over- 
sight. 

Nov. 17 we met for Communion services 
which were attended as usual by a large crowd 
of people who gave the very best of attention 
to the speaking. Only about twenty com- 
muned. This was on Saturday. On Monday 
I preached the funeral of a young lady who 
died the day before. W. R. Murphy. 

Dec, 22. ^___^^_ 

From Kansas, 

Nov. 24 I began meetings at the Olathe 
church, Johnson Co., Kans. Owing to la 
grippe and colds which were very prevalent 
during the meetings, part of the time our con- 
gregations were small. A severe cold con- 
tracted on our way rendered us somewhat on- 
fit for service during these meetings. 

One dear soul who had wandered away came 
back, desiring to be again identified with Christ 
and the church. One also who had formerly 
taken steps to be reinstated was received by 
letter. We had the pleasure of meeting Eld. 
Geo. Barnhart and wife, of Carthage, Mo. 

There are living here a noble band of work- 
ers for the Lord. We feel constrained to com- 
mend them to the love of God for their service 
of love and the blessing we received through 
their kindness toward us. 

I am at present engaged in a few meetings 
in the Rock Creek church near Sabetha, Kans. 
Here again we find a band of loving brethren 
and sisters striving to do the Master's will. 
They are greatly in need of help in the minis- 
try. Eld. EphraimCober, who is past seventy- 
five years old and living six miles from the 
chnrch, is the only help they have in the min- 
istry. The Brethren as a rule are pleasantly 
located and doing well. They live in a rich 
and fertile country. They are anxious for 
ministerial help. Jas. A. Stoudkr. 

20 Come' I St., Emporia, Kans., Dec. 18, 



From Fraternity, N. C. 

Nov. 24 onr District evangelist, C. D. Hyl- 
ton, of Daleville, Va., came to us and on the 
following day preached the dedicatory sermon 
of onr new church. He remained two wetks 
and held eighteen meetings. 

An election meeting was held for some dea- 



cons, and the lot fell on brethren E. H. Rob- 
ertson, J.P.Robertson and N. H. Faw, who 
were very impressively installed into office. 

Nov. 28a very enjoyable love feaBt was held, 
at which Bro. C. D. Hylton officiated. Our 
meeting closed at this point Dec. 9 with two 
additions by baptism. 

Bro. Hylton then went to the Maple Grove 
church and preached two sermons, and offici- 
ated at a love feast Dec. 10. C. R. Faw. 

qiq Apple St., Salem, N. C. 



Financial Reports. 

Mlsaion Report from Dec. 22 to Dec. 29 

WORLD-WIDE MISSIONS. 

[Money donated to this lund 



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jrwlne danism 






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t hi 1 



PA.-Barbara Wltwer, New Holland, Ji; a sla- 
ter. KaufTman. fj; marriage notice, Wm. C. 
Koootz, So cents; Tulpehockcn cong., |Jo;Rho- 
dn A. Brown, Sabula, Ji;5. L. Fyock and wife, 
Glen Campbell, Is; Jonathan Kelso. Meyers- 
dale, ty, Joel Gnaeey, Meyorsdale, ty, total.. . 47 So 

Mo. -Walnut Grove Sunday school, S7.17: J. 
L.Miller, Norbornc, (30; total 37 >7 

IND.-Ellzabeth Fisher. Mexico, |i; Zach. Em- 
rick, North Manchester, $1.50; Baugo cong., 
*i.6o; David Steele. North Liberty, Si. So; C. C. 
Ktndy, Elkhart, Ji*: John S. Kauiman, Ayr, So 
cents; Maiy E. Lcedy, Laovlll, 50 cents; J. C. 
Wampler, Dublin, $1.75; Isaac L. Shultz. River, 
(a. 40; Snow Mahoney, Ladoga, Si. 06; total, . . 38 Si 

Ohio. -Wm. Kloplnger. Dayton, S3; J. S. 
Robinson, Carey, Si; Catherine Steioman, Jen- 
era. Ji; marriage notice, D. C. Hendrlckson, 50 
cents; Class 9, Logan Sunday school, Si. as; 
Haltle S. Vinson, Lima, Si; Margaret A. Miller, 
Leroy. Si; Ellas Gerber. Canton, ?S; John Dup- 
lor, Thornvllle, S1.20; Geo. M. Weldler, Ash- 
land, *6; total ao 02 

Ill.-J. H. Moore. Elgin. S1.20; D. J. Blocher, 
Pearl City, $3; J. C. Lampln, Mt. Morris, JB; 
marriage notice. C. S. Holsinger, 50 cents; Ma- 
coupin Creek cong., Ss.io; Martha B. Lahman, 
Franklin Grove, ti.ao; Ida M. Price, Franklin 
Grove, S3; total jo ao 

Md -Alfred Englar. New Windsor, S12; Lydia 
Vost.GnntsvHle, *Si 'otal 17 00 

Iowa.-W. W. Folger, Osceola, S1.20; Mary 

F. Stover. Cushing, Si; Peter Delp, Conrad. Jo; 
C. Z. Reitz, Maxwell. Si.ao; J. D. Coffman, 
South English, S3; J- H. Grady. Waterloo, S3: 

total. .* 16 40 

Va. — Jas, R. Slupman, Bridge water, Si.so; 
Samuel Glick, Wcycrs Cave, 16; a brother, Ft. 

Hoover. 50 cents; total 8 00 

Kans. — F. R. Kline. Castleton. $4; Wm. 

Ebersole and wife, Harper, I1.05; total S 9S 

Nebr— D. B. Hotney, Shickley 174 

D.C.-Brother and Sister Westergren, Wash- 
ington 1 00 

MiCH -Marriage notice, Isaiah HairiEh,- . . So 

OHRrjON. -Marriage notice. A. H. Partch, . . 50 

W. VA.-Marrlage notice, V. Hutchinson, . . 50 

Total lor year beginning April, 1900, . . . 58,243 05 

WASHINGTON MEETINGHOOSE. 

[The boose In Washington is now finished, bat more 
luuds are greatly needed and should be sent at once to 
cancel indebtedness. J 

Previously reported I620 75 

Mo.-J. L.Miller, Norborne i M 

Iowa.— Sisters' Mission Circle, Waterloo, $S; 

G. E. Goughnour and wile, Maxwell, S5; total, . . 10 co 

Pa— Lost Creek cong. a 15 

Ohio.— Jennie Keplinger, Dayton. Si; Margaret 

A. Miller. Leroy, 50 cents; total 1 5o 

IND.-Sophia Voorhees, New Waverly 1 00 

Total for year beginning April. 1900 S645 40 

INDIA ORPHANAGE. 

Previously reported 81,425 33 

Pa,— Kphrata Sunday school. $15.52; Rhoda A, 

Brown, Sabula, Si; total , y 

Mo.— Walnut Grove Sunday school 5 50 

Iowa— Mary F. Stover, Cushing. a 00 

Kans.— Slate Creek Sunday school 86 

Totil ' iMSoai 

Less amount reiunded to South Waterloo 

Aid Society 15 00 

Total tor year beginning April, 1900 ? 1.435 aT 

INOIA FAMINE FOND, 

upon thousands starved to death. This year a greater. 
Twojearsago Brethren and Irlends responded liberally 
to-day. Shall not the good people ol plentiful America 
In wlTl bo forwarded direct to the missionaries of'thc 

Previously reported ?I<Mo8 „ 

Iowa.— Mary F. Stover, Cushing a 00 

Mich -S. White, Dimondale , 03 

Total lor year beginning April, 1900, . . .$10,411 12 
SWITZERLAND MEETINGHOUSE. 

Previously reported jg 79 , s 

Pa. -Adam Frederick, Woodbury, (1309; 
Abram Steele, Yellow Creek, $4; Rhoda A, Brown 

Sabula. Si; total, l8 „ 

Mo.— J. L. Miller. Norborne, [0 qq 

Kans .— Wm. Ebersole and wile, Harper, . . 5 00 

W. VA.-Ella V. Hutchinson, Gatewood, .... 50 

Total for. year beginning April, 1900,. . . .(1,01274 



INDIA MISSION. 
Previously reported * 8 S7 a 

school, " 5 

Mo— Walnut Grove Sunday school n 9 

COLO.— St. Vrain Sunday school 7 I 

Kans.— Wm. Ebersole and wife, Harper, ... 20 

PA.-Rhoda A. Brown, Sabula, >_<> 

Total lor year S891 7 

In previous report under India Sufferers, a sistet 
Eaton, Ind.. $2, should have been " a brother." 

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TABLE OF CONTENTS. 

EDITORIAL,— 

Items 17, 24 

Profaning Sacred Things as 

After-Ail > S 

Some Aged People a6 

Our Church Paper a6 

Querists' Department 26 

POETRY,- 

Once In Awhile. By Nixon Waterman 18 

The Church ol " Now I Lay Me," 33 

ESSAYS,- 

ChriBtian Perfection. By D, E. Price 18 

Our Dress. By Mary Polk Ellenberger, 18 

How the Business of the Church is Managed. By Howard Miller, . 19 

Gold. By J. H. Miller , . . 19 

Influence. By Chas. E. Eckerle ao 

Brooklyn Mission. By J. Edson Ulery ao 

Elements of Weakness In the Church. By J. B. Brumbaugh, . . . . ao 

The Mind of God. By Fanny Morrow 11 

"Judas Iscariot." By J. W. Wiiyland, ai 

HOME AND FAMILY.— 

Firmness of Purpose. By Gladie Swarlz a3 

GENERAL MISSIONARY AND TRACT DEPARTMENT- 

Preparatlon for Missionary Work— When? 27 

Bulsar Notes. By A. Ebey 27 



EDITORIAL MISCELLANY. 

It is said the Parisian drivers are noted for their 
carelessness, and that they kill and injure more peo- 
ple in a year than those of any other city in the 
world. What is called a moving sidewalk company 
has been organized in Paris. The plan is to lay 
underground, under the busiest part of the city, a 
moving pavement. It is proposed to have it in four 
sections. One of these will be stationary, one will 
move a little more than three miles an hour, another 
will move six and three-quarter miles an hour, and 
the fourth will move eleven and one-quarter miles 
an hour. There will be shafts every hundred yards 
or so for the people to descend to the underground 
walk. One of the things for which it is especially 
recommended is its life-saving feature. It will be a 
circle and will connect the fashionable neighbor- 
hood with places of amusement, the business quar- 
ter and the markets. The tunnel, according to the 
plan, is to be provided with all kinds of conven- 
iences. Seats will be provided on the section that 
moves eleven and a quarter miles an hour. Along 
the stationary part will be places where refresh 
ments, newspapers and magazines can be purchased. 
As the crowds in cities become larger, the h 
of them becomes more and more a difficult prob- 
lem. Various plans have been proposed, 
mains to be seen whether the moving underground 
walk, the moving overhead walk, or some other way 
will finally come into general use in large cities 
Safer and more rapid means of getting from place 
to place are constantly being sought. The business 
of this world pretty nearly monopolizes man' 
and energies. The seen and temporal are 
ing out the unseen and eternal. Which is all 
take, as many will realize when it is too late to make 
any change in their lives or destiny. 

The Senate of the United States has passed 
resolution which shows that people are beginning 
to realize how great harm has been done to 
lized peoples by selling th 
olution reads as follows: ' 
this body the time has c 
twice affirmed in internati 
Africa, that native races sh 



em intoxicants. The res- 
'That in the opinion of 
ome when the principle, 
onal treaties for Central 
ould be protected against 



the destructive traffic in intoxicants, should be ex- 
tended to all uncivilized peoples by the enactment 
of such laws and the making of such treaties as will 
effectually prohibit the sale by the signatory powers 
to aboriginal tribes and uncivilized races of opium 
and intoxicating beverages." If such a resolution 
had been passed and carried into effect by all the 



civilized powers in their intercourse with uncivilized 
peoples the record would not be as dark as it is. 
English, Dutch, Spanish and French sold the Amer- 
ican Indian " fire water." The English forced 
opium upon the Chinese, and it is safe to say that 
the introduction of opium and intoxicants among 
the uncivilized has been the means of degrad- 
ing them and destroying large numbers of them. 
It is bad enough to permit the sale of these 
things in our own country, and others that are 
professedly Christian, but to allow them to be 
sold to people who do not realize their destructive 
effects is much worse. Governments should pro- 
tect the weak, and not allow the strong to prey upon 
them. We are glad that our Senate has put itself 
on record as favoring the protection of those who 
are not able to protect themselves when brought in 
contact with the evils indulged in by their stronge.r 
and supposedly more civilized brothers. 



The suffering caused by the Galveston storm 
some months ago is not yet at an end. Large sums 
were contributed, and the Relief Committee has ex- 
pended them to the best advantage. But now the 
money is nearly all gone, and many things are still 
needed to make the people at all comfortable. 
Much clothing was sent soon after the storm, but 
almost no bedding. Usually there is not so great 
need of bedding as at the present time. This 
cold winter at Galveston, and the people have 
had time to secure a supply sufficient to protect 
them during the cold weather. The effects will no 
doubt be felt for some time to come. Such a loss 
as came upon the people there is, fortunately, rare, 
but the suffering is none the less keen. Blankets, 
mattresses, sheets, pillows, bedsteads and stoves are 
needed. We who have an abundance of these things 
find it hard to realize how any one can be in need 
of them. 

There is a wonderful amount of mineral wealth 
stored away in the bosom of the earth. Men have 
been digging it out for more than four thousand 
years, and yet they are now bringing forth more 
than ever before, and the prospects are much more 
will be brought out of the earth in the next few 
years than in the past decade. Take the production 
of gold alone. During the year 1900 two hundred 
and fifty-seven million dollars worth of it was pro- 
duced. Perhaps seventy million more would have 
been added if there had been no war in South Afri- 
ca. Of the total amount the United States are 
credited with eighty-two millions. In time of peace 
our country, Africa and Australia produce about the 
same amount, or the three together almost three- 
fourths of the world's product. One would think 
that with such an amount being added every year 
there could be no danger of a scarcity of the yellow 
metal. When one thinks of this wealth, and then 
remembers that gold is only one of the metals with 
which the Lord has filled the earth, he is convinced 
that in the creation God foresaw the needs of man 
and provided for them abundantly long before he 
breathed the breath of life into Adam in the garden. 
And the strange thing about it all is that man, 
knowing how much God has done for him, will take 
his life in his hand and go forth to seek the treas- 
ure of this world, not knowing but that he may per- 
ish in the attempt to secure gold, and yet will not 
do the little things commanded by the Master in 
order that he may have and enjoy eternal life. If 
men were as anxious to reach the heavenly country, 
and would put forth as great efforts to do so as they 
do to reach the Klondike or Cape Nome, the world 
would be almost ready for the Millennium. 



The nations of the world may finally look at the 
war question somewhat as we do. But it will not 
be for the same reason. We believe in peace be- 
cause our Master commanded us to love and help 
instead of hating and killing our fellow-men. When 
the nations of earth cease to make preparations for 
war it will be because they have reached the limit, 
made the burden of taxation as great as the people 
can possibly carry. Some nations seem to be mar 
ing that point now. Government expenses have in- 
creased ama/.ingly in recent years. Aside from the 
expenses of actual war, England now spends more 
than twice as much for her navy as she did ten 
years ago. Russia, Germany, France, and even 
little Italy are trying to keep up. They are afraid 
to let the English rule the seas. And even our 
country is inclined to join in the mad race. Of 
course an end must come sometime, and it will be a 
blessing when it comes. More than two hundred 
years ago the taxes imposed on the French began 
to be made heavy, for Louis XIV. wanted to be a 
great king. He had armies and wars. And after 
his death the people were more and more oppressed, 
and it ended in the French Revolution. Now the 
government expenses in France are almost twice as 
large as they were a generation ago. It sometimes 
looks as if the leaders of the nations are determined 
to go to the utmost limit in taxing. It is to be 
hoped that they will not do so, that they will finally — 
soon — receive enough of the divine wisdom to teach 
them that war and preparations for war are wrong, 
and that to impose needless burdens on the backs 
of their less fortunate brothers and sisters is sin. 
Statesmen, so-called, have not yet learned that it is 
better to have a free and contented people at home 
than to have a great name abroad. And this be- 
cause they have not learned of and do not obey the 

Prince of Peace. 

It has been said that an old man is as a rule se- 
lected for Pope because the chances are that he will 
die soon and some one else can take his place. If 
such is the case, the body which chose Leo XIII. 
made a mistake. He was elected to the pontifical 
chair in February, 1878. At the time he lacked 
only a few days of being sixty-eight years old. It 
will soon be twenty-three years since his election, 
and on March 2 he will be ninety-one years of age. 
At different times it has been reported that he was 
dying, but he is possessed of wonderful vitality and 
seems to retain his mental faculties to a remarka- 
ble degree. If his physician proves to be a true 
prophet there will be no successor chosen for some 
time to come, for he says that Leo will live to pass 
the hundred-year mark. But no man can tell when 
death will come to any one. Leo XIII. has shown 
himself to be an able and conscientious ruler. He 
has shown more than ordinary wisdom. He came 
to be head of the Roman Catholic church only a 
few years after the papacy had been deprived of 
temporal power. The Popes believed, and Leo be- 
lieves, that temporal power belongs to the Pope and 
that it should not have been taken from him. Be- 
lieving this, it took more than usual care to keep 
from having an open war with the civil power which 
despoiled him of his rights. The capital of the 
Roman Catholic church and the capital of Italy are 
one and the same city— Rome. The two rulers 
have lived there side by side, and the feeling on the 
side of the defeated one must have been bitter, yet 
there is outward peace. May it not be broken, and 
when his successor is chosen, which in the nature of 
things cannot be long, may he be as wise and pru- 
dent as Pope Leo XIII., for that does much to pre- 
serve the peace of the world. 



THE GOSPEL MZESSENCrlEilR.. 



Jan. 12, igot. 



■ESSAYS' 



ONCB IN AWHILE. 

Once in awhile the sun shines out, 

And the arching skies are a perfect bine; 
Once in awhile 'mid clouds of doubt 

Hope's brightest stars come peeping through, 
Our paths lead down by the meadows fair, 

Where the sweetest blossoms nod and smile, 
And we lay aside our cross of care 

Once in awhile. 
Once in awhile within our own 

We clasp the hand of a steadfast friend; 
Once in awhile we hear a tone 

Of love with the heart's own voice to blend; 
And the dearest of all our dreams come true, 

And on life's way is a golden mile; 
Each thirsting flower is kissed with dew 

Once in awhile. 
Onceln awhile in the desert sand 

We find a spot of the fairest green; 
Once in a while from where we Btand 

The hills of paradise are seen; 
And a perfect joy in our hearts we bold, 

A joy that the world cannot defile; 
We trade earth's dross for the purest gold 
Once in awhile. 

— Nixon IVaterma 



CHRISTIAN PERFECTION. 



BY D. E. PRICE. 



Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in 
heaven is perfect. — Matt. 5: 48. 

After Jesus had given a number of lessons in 
the above chapter, which are directly opposite to 
our carnal natures, and so entirely different from any 
doctrine ever taught before, he wound up the sub- 
ject with the language of the text. It requires a 
perfect man in Christ Jesus to live up to the prin- 
ciples taught by him in the Sermon on the Mount. 
It is an easy matter to do as allowed under the law, 
" eye for eye, and tooth for tooth," because it is in 
perfect accord with our sinful and corrupt natures. 
But when it comes to returning good for evil it re- 
quires a converted person, one who has " been 
made partaker of the divine nature'' 2 Peter I : 

Our text demands of us that we shall " be per- 
fect as our Father in heaven is perfect." And we 
should not for a moment conclude that Christ de- 
mands anything of us that we are unable to per- 
form. The Gospel is represented as a perfect law 
(James 1: 25); hence the rational conclusion would 
be that a perfect compliance with a law that is per- 
fect would necessarily make a perfect man. Some 
claim that it is impossible to reach sinless perfec- 
tion in this life; while others profess to have 
reached a degree of perfection in which they can- 
not, or do not, sin. While they cannot possibly 
both be right, we conclude that they are both 
wrong. 

We read (John 1: 8), " If we say we have no sin, 
we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us." 
Therefore when a person boasts of living in abso- 
lute sinless perfection, he gives evidence that he is 
deceived, and not abiding in the truth. Is John's 
language contradictory to Christ's? Not necessa- 
rily. We read in Romans 4: 8, " Blessed is the man 
to whom the Lord will not impute sin." Why does 
the Lord impute sin to some persons and not to 
others? Is God a respecter of persons? He is not 
a respecter of persons, but he is a respecter of cltar- 
acter. The man of pure character endeavors to 
comply with all the requirements of the Gospel, 
and wherein he comes short he makes humble con- 
fession, and God for Christ's sake forgives him, or 
no more imputes the sin unto him. " If we confess 
our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our 
sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness." 
1 John 1: 9. 

The Apostle in his first epistle (3: I, 2, 3), in dis- 
coursing on the wonderful love of God, and blessed 
privileges arising therefrom, says " that we should 
be called the sons of God," and that "when he shall 



appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see h.m as 
he is." He continues by saying: "And every man 
that has this hope in him purifieth himself, even as 
he (Christ) is pure." This language is about 
equal to saying, " Be ye perfect, as your Father in 
heaven is perfect." 

Is it possible for Christians to become as pure as 
Christ? If so, then they are surely perfect. How 
do they become pure as Christ? By living such 
sinless lives as he did? Yes, in a sense. Though 
not absolutely sinless, when they humbly confess 
their sins to God, and God for Christ's sake for- 
gives them and cleanses them from all unrighteous- 
ness, are they not as pure as Christ? Again, " If 
we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have 
fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus 
Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin." 1 John 1: 
7. Here is another promise of being cleansed from 
all sin; and if cleansed from all sin we are undoubt- 
edly 3.% pure as Christ, or perfect as our Father in 
heaven. 

If a man claims absolute, or sinless, perfection 
without the meritorious life of Christ, he is virtual- 
ly depending on his own righteousness for purity, per- 
fection and salvation. And this class of professors 
of the Christian religion do not only deceive them- 
selves, but are endeavoring with all the power 
within them to deceive their fellow-men. There- 
fore it becomes the followers of Christ to " examine 
themselves whether they are in the faith," lest they 
run into " reprobacy of mind " even as others. 

King David was said to be a man after God's own 
heart. God himself said: "I have found David the 
son of Jesse, a man after mine own heart, which 
shall fulfill all my will." Acts 13: 22. Why was 
David a man after God's own heart? Was it be- 
cause he never made any mistakes, or never com- 
mitted any sin? By no means. He was guilty of 
one of the most heinous crimes that mankind can 
commit. Why did not God remove the kingdom 
from him, as he did from his predecessor, Saul? 
Because he humbled himself before God, and con- 
fessed his crime. No doubt he felt the weight of 
his sin when he wrote the fifty-first Psalm: " Have 
mercy upon me, O God, according to thy loving- 
kindness: according unto the multitude of thy ten- 
der mercies blot out my transgressions. Wash me 
thoroughly from mine iniquities, and cleanse me 
from my sin. For I acknowledge my transgres- 
sions; and my sin is ever before me. Deliver me 
from bloodguiltiness, O God, thou God of my salva- 
tion: and my tongue shall sing aloud of thy right- 
eousness. Thou desirest not sacrifice; else would 
I give it; thou delightest not in burnt offerings. 
The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken 
and contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise." 
Psa. 51: 1, 2, 3, 14, 16,17. Please read the whole 
Psalm. When we, like David, always make humble 
confession for our mistakes in life, we no doubt will 
be regarded as perfect in the eyes of the Lord; for 
when we are cleansed by the meritorious blood of 
Christ we are without sin, or perfect as our heavenly 
Father. 

Mt. Morris, III. 



BY MARY POLK ELLENBERGER. 

It seems that the question of our dress, especial- 
ly that of the sisters, is being agitated to an unusual 
degree of late. Some have even gone so far as to 
assert that the sisters would not dress as they do, if 
they had their own way about it. The world can- 
not know our hearts as we know them, nor the de- 
sires that prompt us in what we consider our hum- 
ble duty, gladly performed. We believe that the 
plan for plain dressing came as a part of the grand 
redemption scheme, straight from the infinite mind 
of God. WHY? 

Let us go back to that day, long ago, when Saul 
of Tarsus, a bold, proud Pharisee, went toward Da- 
mascus, breathing forth threatenings and slaughter 
against the disciples of the Lord. Let us try to 
imagine the awful terror of his quaking heart when 
that dazzling shaft of light smote him to the ground 



nd and helpless; and the frenzy of self-condemna- 
tion that filled his soul for his past misdeeds, when 
that voice rang out, "Saul! Saul! why persecutest 
thou me?" 

We have all read and reread this strange and fasci- 
nating story, how, when Jesus told him who he was, 
Paul forgot the papers received of the high priest, 
authorizing him to deliver, bound, the disciples into 
Jerusalem; forgot all the proud rabbinical training 
he had received; forgot the traditions and prejudices 
of his race, and, with sightless eyes and haggard 
face raised to heaven, demanded to know of Jesus 
what he would have him to do,— Jesus! whose fol- 
lowers he had been wont to persecute relentlessly. 

Can we ask for a grander, truer exhibition of 
God's power than this, the conversion of Paul? He 
was to be a "chosen vessel unto the Lord, to bear 
his name before the Gentiles and kings and the 
children of Israel." And so true was his conver- 
sion, so thorough his consecration to the Lord's 
service, that in his own language he was "ready not 
to be bound only, but also to die at Jerusalem for 
the name of the Lord Jesus;" for God had said, "I 
will shew him how great things he must suffer for 
my name's sake." 

And when he came to stand and be judged, "for 
the hope of the promise made of God unto our 
fathers," he stood a prisoner in chains before a 
worldly king, and told in his own matchless way so 
strange and weird a tale of his past life and marvel- 
ous conversion that Festus, the governor of Judea, 
exclaimed in a loud voice, "Paul, thou art beside 
thyself, much learning doth make thee mad." But 
Paul knew that his madness was over, and that his 
mind was under the divine control of God; and so 
deeply did his strange story and burning eloquence 
touch King Agrippa as to almost persuade him, in 
spite of the proud prejudices of his race, to be a 
Christian. 

Paul grew in strength through all manner of suf- 
fering, through shipwreck and prison confinement 
he passed unflinching. And to-day, after the search 
light of centuries of science and profound learning 
has been turned upon his life, it stands out in rug- 
ged grandeur undimmed by passing time. 

Can we, after the mysterious, awful awakening of 
this great and learned man, doubt the divine inspir- 
ation of the letters written by him, "Paul an apostle 
of Jesus Christ, by the commandment of God our 
Savior and Lord Jesus Christ which is our hope," 
to Timothy, whom he loved as a son, reminding 
him of the great responsibility resting upon him at 
Ephesus, beseeching him to charge some that they 
give no heed to anything that is contrary to sound 
doctrine, "according to the glorious gospel of the 
blessed God, which was committed to my (Paul's) 
trust"? "All scripture is given by inspiration of 
God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for 
correction, for instruction in righteousness." 

Among other things upon which he dwells, as es- 
pecially pertaining to the Christ life, saying, "I 
speak the truth, and lie not," he gravely considers 
the question of womanly attire: "In like manner 
also,"— that is, with the same spirit that prompts us 
to live quiet, peaceable lives in all godliness and 
honesty, not because we must, but because we de- 
light to do his will,— "that women adorn themselves 
in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and so- 
briety; not with broidered hair, or gold, or pearls, or 
costly array. But (which becometh women pro- 
fessing godliness) with good works." What are we, 
that we should arise in our puny strength and ques- 
tion the importance of this instruction, given to us 
by such indisputably divine authority? Why re- 
ceive a part if not all of the holy teaching? 

Some one says, "The church has no right to say 
how we shall or shall not dress." Has the church 
done this? Or are we not as a church trying in our 
weak way to put into practice the sacred teaching 
as given by God to Paul, and by Paul to Timothy, 
and so on down to the present day, hoping that by 
so doing we may win the approval of our Master? 
We must keep it clear in our minds that the law for 
plain dressing comes to us straight from God, who 
m his infinite wisdom sees the pitfalls in fashion's 
highway. He sees envy, jealousy, vanity, strife, 



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conniving and extravagance there. He sees fair 
names lost for the sake of fashion's decree. True, 
he did not give us detailed directions concerning 
the pattern of our dress; but it is supposed that an 
intelligent person knows a plain garment when he 
sees it. 

And if we, as a church, after careful, prayerful 
meditation, see fit to dress in our peculiar way — who 
shall say us nay, with good authority? Our dress is 
peculiar, but God says: "My people shall be a pe- 
culiar people." It is so different from the dress of 
the world, but we are taught that we must not con- 
form to the foolish fashions of the world. I am 
sincerely convinced that this form of dress in our 
church has proved to be one of its strongest stays. 
Let us keep our hands to the brake, else the church 
will soon be slipping, slipping on the down grade as 
we see other churches doing, finally to become of 
the world worldly. 

Plattsbutg, Mo. 



BY HOWARD MILLER. 



There are few people who could give an intelli- 
gent and comprehensive answer to this question. 
A thing may be told plainly, but there are condi- 
tions inherent in human nature that make repetition 
essential to complete knowledge. In short, the 
business of the church is managed by the General 
Missionary Committee. Now what is this and how 
is it in action? 

In the first place there are five members compos- 
ing this Board, or Committee, as it is called in the 
church, and they are appointed as follows: Their 
time is so arranged that every third year one new 
member is appointed; two are appointed in the other 
years; and this is done by the Annual Conference. 
The Standing Committee is informed of the vacan- 
cy, and it names a person, who is confirmed by the 
whole meeting. He may be reappointed or made 
in the new. It used to be the case that the meet- 
ings, of which there are three regular annual gather- 
ings, were held east and west. Since the location 
of the buildings at Elgin it seems preferable that 
the meetings be there. They can see how matters 
are going better if they meet there. These people 
get no pay. They serve gratuitously, receiving only 
their traveling expenses each way; no more. 

Now in the conduct of such a business there are 
many questions that arise, and they must be settled. 
So ten days before the meeting the Missionary Com- 
mittee receives from its Secretary, a typewritten 
brief of the business that will come up before them. 
They can then study it at their leisure. When they 
meet it is in the room regularly occupied by the In- 
glenook, the management of that paper getting out 
for the time being. 

When the Committee meet they organize in par- 
liamentary style, and take matters up in regular 
order, discussing in an ordinary way the several 
matters, voting on them, and they are recorded on 
the minutes by the Secretary. There is no spread- 
eagle oratory; in fact there is nothing but talk such 
as the owners of a store or a factory might indulge 
in. One thing concerning which there is some mis- 
understanding is in the character of the meetings. 
Are they secret and underhanded? Nothing of the 
kind. Any member of the church, or, as far as the 
writer knows, anybody, whether member or not, can 
be present, and all are allowed freedom of expres- 
sion, though, of course, only the members of the 
Committee can vote. There are usually some con- 
siderable number of items to be discussed, from 
fifty to a hundred. It is not largely attended. It 
is nothing but a monotony of work and discussion, 
hard work and no pay. As far as the writer saw 
there was no other disposition on the part of the 
members composing the meetings I attended than 
to do the best they knew how. This General Mis- 
sionary Committee deals with plans and general 
features. There is another Committee known as the 
Executive Committee of the Brethren Publishing 
House. 



This Executive Committee is appointed by the 
General Missionary Committee, is composed of five 
members, and their functions seem to be that of 
carrying out the general plans in their details so far 
as they relate to the Publishing House. The Exec- 
utive Committee is responsible to the General 
Committee, though as a matter of fact there is no 
responsibility in the sense of management, because 
there is no difference of opinion as a rule. Things 
work smoothly because there is an agreement all 
round to do the right thing under the circumstances. 
Now let us take an instance to show how matters 
are worked. Suppose you wanted to go to Lancas- 
ter City, Pa., as a missionary, and you made appli- 
cation to the General Missionary Committee to be 
sent. It would amount to nothing, and you would 
be referred to the State District in which Lancaster 
is located. In other words, the General Missionary 
Committee does not meddle with local or State mat- 
ters. But if you wanted to go to London, England, 
that would be another matter. If you came recom- 
mended by your church, and the adjoining elders, 
your case would be considered, and if, in the discre- 
tionary judgment of the General Missionary Com- 
mittee, it would be a good place, and you a good 
man to go, it would be acted on. It would be out 
of any State District's authority, and clearly within 
the scope of the authority of the General Commit- 
tee. Then the vested property of the church is not 
far from a quarter of a million, and the methods of 
dealing with this are considered. The results, thus 
far, have been eminently satisfactory. Of course no 
one can correctly forecast the future, but if it goes 
as well in the future as it has in the past it will be 
all right. 

The question may come up whether or not a man 
would advance the interests of any matter he was 
concerned in by coming here. In answer to this 
question the writer gives it as his opinion that he 
would not, as the members of the Committee would 
do the right thing as far as the limitations of their 
office allow, and do it without any argument. 

In the absence of both committees the Business 
Manager carries the responsibility of working out 
the plans laid down by the several committees for 
the House. As a rule if there is anything of a 
doubtful character pending, there is a discussion 
and an agreement on the best lines of policy and 
workmanship, and it is then carried out along those 
lines. 

It is easy to suspect, and easy to ask questions 
that can not be justifiably answered, but after look- 
ing at the matter closely I give it as my opinion 
that everybody is doing the best he can, and is 
doing it honestly and with good intent. All of 
which everybody will be pleased to know. It is 
often a thankless job working for a public that 
are indifferent and sometimes suspicious, but it is a 
satisfaction to know that things ARE right as far as 
anything purely human may be, 



dOLD. 



BY J. H. MILLER. 



But he knoweth the way that I take: when he halh tried me, 
I shall come forth as gold.— Job 23: 10. 

Very few people ever were tried as Job was. Job 
was an upright man; he feared God and eschewed 
evil. This old veteran had a family of seven sons 
and three daughters. His substance was so great he 
was called the greatest of all the men of the east. Job 
sanctified his sons and daughters, and he rose early 
in the morning to do this. Job was fearful his sons 
had sinned and cursed God in their hearts. Job did 
this continually. 

Satan saw this good old man, so true and faithful 
in his worship. Satan came among the sons of God 
one morning, and the Lord inquired of him whence 
he came, "going to and fro in the earth, and from 
walking up and down in it." "Your adversary, the 
devil, as a roaring lion walketh about seeking whom 
he may devour." 1 Pet. 5:8. We see the devil 
does his work by walking, going slow enough to do 
his work well. The devil insinuated that the Lord 
paid Job well and that was the reason he was so 



faithful, and that the Lord had hedged him in. The 
Lord told Satan he might try him with all he had. 
The devil tried Job severely. 

1. The oxen were plowing, the asses feeding; the 
Sabeans fell on them and slew the servants. 

2. The fire of God fell from heaven and burned 
up the sheep and servants. 

3. The Chaldeans carried the camels away and 
slew the servants. 

4. Another report came that his sons and daugh- 
ters were eating and drinking, and a great wind 
smote the house and it fell on them and killed them. 

"Then Job arose, and rent his mantle, and shaved 
his head r and fell down upon the ground, and wor- 
shiped." In all this Job sinned not, nor " charged 
God foolishly." 

After Job met with this calamity the sons of God 
came to present "themselves before the Lord, and 
Satan came also among them to present himself be- 
fore the Lord." The Lord held another conversa- 
tion with Satan, calling up the faithfulness of his 
servant Job, that there was none like him in all the 
earth, that amidst all his severe trials he held to his 
integrity. Yes, saith Satan: "Skin for skin; yea 
all that a man hath will he give for his 'life. But 
put forth thine hand now, and touch his bone and 
his flesh, and he will curse thee." 

Satan had the privilege to try him, only he should 
save his life. Satan smote Job with sore boils, so 
that Job took a potsherd to scrape himself. Job's 
wife, instead of being a helper, with a heart full of 
sympathy, told Job to " curse God and die." Job 
accused his wife as one that did not act wisely. In 
all this suffering Job did not "sin with his lips." 
Then Job's three comforters came and added to his 
trouble. Truly Job was tried as gold is tried in the 
fire. 

We draw the analogy between gold and religion: 

1. Religion, like gold, is found everywhere, cither 
true or false. 

2. Men have given their lives for gold. Men 
have given their lives for the religion of Jesus 
Christ. 

3. Some men think so much of gold that they 
will conceal it. Some men think just enough of 
their religion to hide it under a bushel or under a 
bed. How little the light of some men's religion 
will shine out! 

4. Before gold can be used to a good purpose it 
must be separated from the dross. Before a person 
can be used as a Christian he must be separated from 
the world, from its sinful practices, etc. 

5. Gold is a legal tender, and will pass in all 
lands and climes at par. Silver and paper money 
may be discounted, but gold never. The religion 
of the Lord Jesus Christ in its true character is al- 
ways at par. 

6. Gold is flexible and easily handled. A good 
Christian, like Job of old, is easily handled. Such 
are no trouble. 

7. Gold has a very desirable quality about it; 
that is, it will not rust or corrode. Christians should 
be a working people, work while it is called day. I 
have fears so many preachers are rusting out, lying 
on their oars. Deacons and the laity (in fact, all) 
may become rusty, if they do not attend the Sunday 
school, prayer meeting, regular services, etc. 

8. Brass has the appearance of gold; it may look 
like gold, but is only galvanized. Some religion 
has a beautiful appearance on the outside, but is 
only galvanized. Jesus met some who had a beauti- 
ful appearance on the outside; they were like a 
piece of metal galvanized. " Woe unto you, scribes 
and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye are like unto 
whited sepulchers, which indeed appear beautiful 
outward, but are within full of dead men's bones 
and of all uncleanness." Matt. 23: 27. 

9. In all ages much gold has been used for orna- 
mental purposes, and now is. Paul and Peter for- 
bid it. I Pet. 3: 3 and 1 Tim. 2: 9. Gold by many 
is used as a show. It may be in the form of a fin- 
ger ring, earring, nose jewel, breastpin, etc. So 
many are using religion only for a show. 

Job's trials were severe, but he with all such as 
"will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecu- 
tion" (2 Tim. 3: 12) and finally inherit that New 



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Jerusalem that John saw come down from heaven. 
Rev. 21: 10. Plenty of gold "over there." John 
saw an angel with a " golden reed " measuring that 
beautiful city, "and the city was pure gold like un- 
to clear glass," " and the street of the city was pure 
gold as it were transparent glass." That golden city 
has no need of the sun, moon or stars. The glory 
of God shall lighten that city. When Christ's snow- 
white appearance (as on the mount of transfigura- 
tion) shall shine on tba.t golden street, what shall the 
sight be. " Oh, what will it be to be there? " 

May God's dear children who have been tried in 
all ages come forth bright as gold. The church will 
then put on her white robe, and she will look forth 
as the morning, fair " as the moon, clear as the sun, 
and terrible as an army with banners." 

Goshen, hd. _____^___ 

INFLUENCE. 

BY CHAS. E. ECKERLE. 

We all possess the power of influence and give it 
out unconsciously. It is exerted through the brain, 
the heart, and the tongue. Ask the lawyer what 
helped him to win the decision of the jury in that 
lawsuit last week, and he will tell you it was the 
power of the brain. Ask the culprit who sits behind 
the bars what put him there, and he will tell you it 
was the power of the heart, which was set upon the 
money in the bank he helped to raid. Ask the man 
who is in subjection to his wife what influences him 
most, and he will tell you it is the power of the 
tongue. 

Each day we are doing things we have planned to 
do, but we are doing even more that we have not 
planned. By putting these two facts together we 
have two kinds of influence,— deliberate and uncon- 
scious influence. Perhaps no writer ever lived 
whose books have been more universally read than 
those of Henry Drummond. By his books thou- 
sands have been led to deeper thinking upon their 
shortcomings, and thus brought to live higher and 
sweeter lives. He had a deliberate purpose to in- 
fluence, and he accomplished his purpose. 

Those who knew him, however, say that his 
strongest influence was far below the surface of his 
outer life. He had qualities of soul and manner, 
that made him solitary among his companions. He 
was a prince among men, and by what he was, said 
and wrote he made an impression upon the age in 
which he lived. That impress is now his influence. 
It may be said of him, as I trust of each reader, in 
the words of Emerson, "Your life speaks so loud 
that I cannot hear what you say." 

Once a young man lay upon his deathbed, about 
to pass to the cold, unheeding earth. He was too 
weak to speak aloud. He beckoned to his friends 
to draw near, at which time he asked them to bury 
his influence with his body. " Influence is a thing 
that lives, we cannot," was the reply. Newton, in 
early life, was a skeptic, and corrupted the life of 
one of his friends. Later Newton became a Chris- 
tian and met the young man, when he attempted to 
turn him from his downward path; but too late. 
The seed of doubt was too deeply rooted. He 
could not undo what he had done. His influence 
was there, and it left its impress. When Lisbon was 
in ruins from an earthquake, the shock was felt in 
the rocks and crags of Scotland. The shock was 
over in a miuute, but the chasms and scars were left. 
Be careful of your influence, for it is both good and 
bad, and may cause you joy or grief. The lightest 
footfall upon the earth, it is said, starts vibrations 
which will go on forever. Go ask the flower where 
is its fragrance, exhaled in the day just passed. It 
cannot tell you; it is gone. Ask the sprung bow 
where is the arrow just sped; it cannot tell you. It 
may have struck the bosom of a foe; it may have 
lodged in the heart of a friend. 

Once on a bank of a river in Asia Minor there 
sprang up a city of royal splendor. In the midst of 
the city stood the temple of Diana, which was 220 
years in construction. It possessed columns, many 
of which were gifts of kings, and it was counted one 
of the seven wonders of the world. One day a 



stranger came sailing up to the city of Ephesus. 
He began work, and soon, as a man of power and 
influence, he made his presence felt. The silver- 
smiths and shrine-makers began to notice a decrease 
in the number of worshipers of Diana, and the words 
of Paul, now written in Acts 19: 20, "There be no 
gods made by men's hands," are a decided tribute 
to the memory of his influence. You cannot tell 
what influence your actions may have upon some 
one else, for which you are responsible. When 
Paul went to Ephesus it was his express purpose to 
influence and persuade. Young people go to col- 
leges to increase the power of their influence, and 
that is the chief value of education, in that it aids 
their good influence Let us properly estimate our 
influence so that we may make men and women of 
ourselves in whatever line we may follow. 

By following the teachings of Paul and the ex- 
amples of great men we may have the paths we 
tread swept clean of the thorns and thistles of life, 
so that our tempers may be kept sweeter and our 
very presence be garlanded with flowers of hope. 
We may then shower sweet influence upon our 
friends, and when time shall be no more with us 
their words will be, "He lived to a purpose, and 
still lives." 

Roanoke, Va. 



BROOKLYN MISSION. 

BV J. EDSON ULERV, 

Reverently and solemnly we watch the closing 
day of the nineteenth century. We look back se- 
riously and take an account of stock in order that 
we may know how to grasp the problem of the new 
year, to make it tell for the most good. 

Have we been true to the trust left us? Have we 
done our best? Is there nothing left undone? 
These questions and many more come crowding 
thick into memory's chamber. But now it is too 
late. Old Father Time has his hand on the latch 
ready to close or shut to the door. To the Mission 
Board and the many benefactors of mission work 
we give our hearty appreciation for their aid in the 
Master's cause in this great and wicked city. We 
could not have done what we have without them. 
They have made it possible for us to do what we 
have. May the Lord abundantly bless all con- 
cerned. 

The works and efforts of the Brooklyn Mission 
are but little known to the great Brotherhood, and 
we feel that a review of the year's work is befitting. 
The year has been one of anxiety and prayer on the 
part of the workers, and we are made to feel that 
we were often remembered by the members at large. 
We rejoice that in this great metropolis there is a 
nucleus of the Brethren church, of which we hope in 
some near future may be established a strong and 
thrifty church, where the truth is fully taught and 
obeyed. 

Our place of worship is a large storeroom 54x21 
feet, affording us a very convenient place to wor- 
ship. But it is far from being homelike; it lacks 
permanency. Services in a storeroom seems to be 
an avoidance to many, especially young people. 
We hope that at no distant time the brethren and 
sisters of Brooklyn may have a churchhouse to wor- 
ship in. 

During the year sixty-five preaching services were 
held with an average attendance of forty-three, an 
increase of twenty as compared with last year. Fifty- 
two Sunday-school sessions with a presence of 4,853 
scholars, or an average of ninety-five, with a collec- 
tion of S150.57. Last year, average seventy-six with 
a collection of S121. During the year seven were 
baptized of whom five were Sunday-school scholars. 
Four were received by letter, thus increasing our 
little band from eighteen to twenty-nine. Two love 
feasts were held and four councils. The prayer 
meeting average attendance for the year was twen- 
ty-six, the Bible school twenty-five. The day 
school opened Oct. 29. The present enrollment is 
sixty. Each Saturday from 10 to 12 A. M. the sis- 
ters meet in the mission room and instruct from 
sixty to seventy girls and boys in the useful art of 



The mission has been remembered by the follow- 
ing: Jennie Heestand, Chippewa Lake, Ohio, box 
provisions; S. S. Gibble, Lykens, Pa., thirty-six pairs 
new shoes; Ruthie Rarigh, of Royerstown, Ind., roll 
of calico for the industrial school, while others have 
remembered us by their donations. The mission 
will greatly appreciate whatever may be sent in 
the way of provisions and clothing. 

Thus the year closes with bright prospects that 
there are those whom the Spirit continues to woo. 

Vast is the enterprise upon which Christ has 
started us. Brethren, will you join hands and forces 
with us in seeking with God's help to awaken a 
:ener interest in saving souls? 

1377 3rd Ave., Brooklyn, N. Y. 



ELEMENTS OF WEAKNESS IN THE CHURCH. 

BY J. B. BRUMBAUGH. 

The year 1900 is about to close and it is natural 
at this time that we take a retrospect of the past 
and a glance into the future. We think of what 
we have done personally; what has been our man- 
ner of life; how we have touched others; what ways 
we have been helpers in the world's work; how we 
have been helpers in the church, and how we have 
honored God in our lives. All these things come 
up in our minds. 

Personally, the work of the church, the doctrines 
of which I love so dearly, has given me thought and 
concern. I cannot help but feel that it has not 
done what it should and that its efforts to extend the 
kingdom of God in the world have been very fee- 
ble. Our missionaries in the cities have done com- 
paratively little in the way of bringing souls to 
Christ. Our foreign missions have done better. 
We cannot help but wonder why this is. I know 
the reason that is generally given is that the prin- 
ciples of the Brethren church are not acceptable to 
the people, especially in the cities and towns; that 
popular Christianity has the sway. This does not 
appeal to us as the cause. The people everywhere 
are just as willing to receive the truth to-day as 
they were in apostolic times, when the cities and 
towns were made the centers for work. (I use the 
term " popular " because it is a stereotyped word 
with many of our writers. Christianity is Chris- 
tianity, and if it is Christianity, it is just as good if 
it is popular as if it is unpopular. To my mind it is 
not an intelligent use of the word.) 

But the apostles were men of power, men who 
had been with Jesus long enough to become fishers 
of men, and who knew nothing but Jesus Christ and 
him crucified. They had power even to cure dis- 
eases, but we do not read that they cured diseases 
with patent medicines or sold them for their sup- 
port. By this no reflection is meant on any of our 
brethren in the mission work, for I do not suppose 
any of them would engage in this business were 
they not almost compelled to do so for the sup- 
port of their families. 

In short, here are two elements of weakness — first 
lack of preparation,— have not been with Jesus long 
enough in the study of his Word to become fishers 
of men, Second, lack of proper support. The 
Gospel teaches a supported ministry just as plainly 
as it teaches baptism or feet-washing, and until the 
church becomes obedient to this teaching it cannot 
have full power. 

Another element of weakness in the church to- 
day is the sin of covetousness. Do you know what 
it means? The Greek term is derived from two 
words, the one meaning more and the other to /tave. 
The desire to have more, that is covetousness. It 
is this which makes the man with a $1,000 wish he 
had Sio.ooo; the man with one farm wish he had 
two, and the one that has two wish he had six. It is 
the spirit that is never satisfied— more, more, more; 
and what for? To promote our own selfish inter- 
ests, hoard it up because we love it, or for a future 
generation-nothing for the educational, or mis- 
sion, or charitable work; all for self. It is this spir- 
it that is paralyzing the church to-day. If our 
Brethren would give to the charitable, educational 
and mission work of the church as the Lord has 



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prospered them, money would be a great element 
of power to the church. As it is, all our church en- 
terprises are weakened and our people are robbing 
God. 

Another element of weakness in the church is 
lack of Christian love. There are brethren who 
study harder how to enforce upon others some pet 
idea, often the result of their environment rather 
than an intelligent study of God's Word, than they 
do how to save souls. This spirit has been a little 
too prevalent at some of our Conferences. Certain 
elements seem determined to have such decisions 
passed as will compel brethren to do just as they 
want them to do. It is the wrong spirit. The 
fruits of the Spirit of God are love, joy, kindness, 
longsuffering, etc. It is this arbitrary spirit that 
causes a coldness in the church and is a decided 
element of weakness. Love, some one has truth- 
fully said, is the greatest thing in the world. The 
force spirit is weak. It has never accomplished 
anything good in the history of the church in the 
past, and it never will. When love is the prevail- 
ing spirit in the church then it becomes a power for 
good in the world. 

Now this article is not written in a pessimistic 
spirit. While we see these elements of weakness in 
the church we see much that is good. Personally 
we regard those who tell us of our faults as our 
most loyal friends, and it is our loyalty to the 
church, and love for it, that prompts us to point out 
what are to us evident elements of weakness in the 
church. 

Let us during the coming year get more love in 
the church. It will root out covetousness; it will 
give us money to carry on the work of the Lord; 
it will give us men equipped with power for our 
mission work, and unite us in one solid body to do 
more and better work for the Lord. 

Huntingdon, Pa. 



How is it with a teacher in the schoolroom? He 
soon learns the names of forty or fifty pupils; he 
knows their grade in scholarship. Each one must 
be in his class at the right time. If one changes his 
seat or breaks over any known rules, the teacher 
notes it at once. Some wonder how a teacher can 
hear recitations, give instruction, and at the same 
time have such a watchful oversight of all that he 
keeps an orderly school. We may see in this dual 
action of the mind something of the capabilities of 
the finite mind. May it not help us in a small meas- 
ure to comprehend the great mind of God, who in 
his infinity of love and omnipotent power cares for 
all of his creation? 

" Not the high seraph's mighty thought, 
Who countless years his God hath sought, 
Such wondrous height or depth can find, 
Or fully trace thy boundless mind." 
Ottawa, Kans. 

••JUDAS ISCARIOT." 

BY J. W. WAYLAND. 

The story to which we now come is the saddest 
in all literature. No drama of Sophocles or Shakes- 
peare can present a tragedy so terrible as that in 
which Judas Iscariot and Jesus the Son of God were 
actors. 

Scene in the upper chamber: The Son of God, 
troubled in spirit, hands a morsel of food to a man 
at the table, who at once rises and goes out into 
the darkness, while his companions look on with 



THE MIND OF OOD. 



BY FANNY MORROW. 



The finite mind of man can but dimly compre- 
hend the infinite mind of God. Inspired writers say 
of him: " Great is the Lord, and his greatness is un- 
searchable." O, the depth of the riches both of the 
wisdom and knowledge of God ! " How unsearchable 
are his judgments and his ways past finding out! or 
who has been his counselor? " " The heavens declare 
the glory of God, and the firmament showeth his 
handiwork; day unto day uttereth speech, and night 
unto night showeth knowledge." Men have soared 
into the skies, trying to measure, to number and 
name the stars above us; but only a little knowl- 
edge do they give us of the vast universe of worlds 
and systems of worlds, and the forces and laws that 
control and guide them in ceaseless motion. 

Surely, "his ways are past finding out." Man be- 
comes mute with awe and astonishment when he 
contemplates the wisdom and might of the great 
Creator of all things— above, beneath and all around 
us. And then man, the crowning product of his 
work upon this earth,— surely the great heart of 
God will not fail in providing all things needful for 
the peace and comfort of his dependent, short-lived 
creature, man. Some one says: " How can the mind 
of God hold in remembrance each one of the teem- 
ing millions who people this earth?" This also is 
one of the deep things of God, hard to understand. 
Some things in real life with which we are familiar 
may help faintly to demonstrate the fact. 

Let us consider how a mother who is raising a 
family can know of, and supply the wants of each 
one— from the babe on her lap unto her son away 
from home at school. She provides the wardrobe 
and sees to it that each one has suitable clothing. 
She will purchase, make and mend and never forget 
one little pair of feet, though there be a dozen; she 
will see after the three meals a day, and how quickly 
she misses one of the number from her table; or at 
the bedtime if one is out she will not sleep until it 
eomes. And yet God has said a mother may forget 
her child, but he never forgets his own. 



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Scene in Gethsemane: The Man of Sorrow bows 
alone in more than mortal agony. As he rises from 
his knees there comes a flashing of lights among the 
gnarled trunks and twisted branches of the olive 
trees, a rattling of pikes and swords steals upon the 
silent night with an ominous crescendo, and from 
the front of the approaching multitudes a slinking 
figure moves forward and presses his blanched lips 
upon the Master's cheek. 

Scene in the priests' palace: A man wild and hag- 
gard casts the price of a slave upon the floor, cry- 
ing aloud in bitter anguish of soul, "I have sinned! 
I have betrayed innocent blood! " 

Scene in Aceldama: A fragment of rope, or a 
broken branch, dangling above a precipice; upon the 
rocks below a bleeding and mangled body. 

Scene on Golgotha: The Savior of sinners, nailed 
to the cross, bows his head in death. Then falls an 
awful darkness; the earth quakes; rocks are rent; 
graves are opened. 

There are various opinions as to the motive that 
impelled Judas to betray Christ. It is evident that 
the thirty pieces of silver had something to do with 
his action, for Judas was avaricious. He might also 
have been harboring a grudge against the Master 
because of the rebuke his avarice had called forth 
at Bethany six days before (John 12). Some ad- 
vance the view that Judas did not really mean much 
harm by his action in the betrayal of Christ, but sup- 
posed as a matter of course that the Master would 
be delivered from his enemies as he had ofter been 
delivered on previous occasions. Others think 
that Judas was anxious to place Jesus in a position 
"in which he should be compelled to make what 
had seemed to his followers the too tardy display 
of his Messianic power," and that Judas expected 
by precipitating such a triumph to gain prestige and 
honor in the coming kingdom. 

Plausible as the last mentioned theory may ap- 
pear, it seems extremely hard to credit Judas with 
any good motive, or at any rate with any motive 
that sprang from a desire to do honor to the Master. 
If on the other hand, he had come to regard Christ 
as' an impostor, could he not have acted in good 
conscience when he brought about his capture? 
Did Judas regard Christ as an impostor? We do 
not know; but that awful wail of remorse, " I have 
betrayed innocent (righteous) blood!" sounds very 
much like the cry of a long perverted conscience 
suddenly awakened to a startling and awful truth. 
There were men, many of them, including the 
priests that bribed Judas, who did not believe that 



Jesus was the Christ. But, some may say, could 
anyone who was a disciple of Jesus, and a witness 
of his mighty works, regard him as unworthy to be 
believed or followed? There were such who did 
thus regard him, and Judas may have been one. 
Read John 6: 53-71. But if Judas was one of those 
who did not believe, why did he not go away with 
the rest that walked no more with Jesus? Why do 
not all men leave the church to-day that are not in 
sympathy with Christ's teachings? To break away 
from the circle of the twelve at that time would 
have required more moral courage than Judas pos- 
sessed. He had not yet grown defiant. Besides, 
Judas had the bag; and Judas was avaricious. 

What are some of the lessons that we may learn 
from the traitor's dark career? We are certainly 
impressed with the awful tendency of sin to grow 
on a man. Judas must have believed in Christ at 
first, certainly enough to follow him. But he al- 
lowed his faith to be choked out, and unbelief 
speedily sprang up in its place. Then came oppor- 
tunities to gratify his avarice: he began to steal 
small pieces of money from the common purse 
(John 12: 6). As long as Judas could be treasurer, 
and live off of the common fund, he was willing to 
stay in the apostolic band, — in the church;— but 
when he found an opportunity to sell out his Mas- 
ter and his religion for a good round price, more 
perhaps than the church treasury usually con- 
tained in all, he caught eagerly at the chance; and 
though his infamy was detected by the unfailing eye 
of the Master, and was exposed at the supper, Ju- 
dus was by this time callous enough to be defiant. 
Or it may be that he had the same sense of honor as 
that possessed by Herod when he gave his promise 
to Salome; perhaps he thought his bargain with the 
priests could not be broken, though the keeping of 
it cost the Master's life. 

Judas serves as a perpetual danger signal on the 
highway of Christian life. He combines blackest 
infamy with brightest opportunities; he was cursed 
with the spirit of covetousness, and he did not re- 
strain it; he thought that there were some things too 
precious to be devoted to Jesus. He caught at av 
carnal prize, but found in it bitter disappointment; 
his partners in crime cast him off when he had 
served their purpose; they had no sympathy for him, 
and could give him no comfort. 

With Judas among the twelve, the church in suc- 
ceeding ages was foreshadowed; but just as no one 
had the right then to heap abuse upon the eleven 
that were faithful, because one was a traitor, so no 
more have men the right now to mock at religion 
because there are wolves in sheep's clothing, 

Judas could find fault with no one but himself, 
"/have betrayed innocent blood!" was his cry. 
Even the lost soul must bear witness to the right- 
eousness and justice of Christ, and acknowledge that 
loss of heaven is only the result of human folly. 

The fact that Judas repented and confessed his 
sin shows that there was still a spark of conscience 
burning in his sin-blighted soul. Hardly any man 
can sink so deep into the slough of depravity as to 
have utterly extinguished all that was once good, 
and pure, and holy; yet repentance may come too 
late. 

Charlottesville, Va. 



There is a fire of love within the soul which is 
its motive power. This has been kindled by God 
himself, and by him is continually kept alive. Yet 
we ourselves must labor to supply it with fuel. By 
the truth of God, by meditation on his love, by the 
constant exercise of godliness, by diligence in the 
use of all the means of grace, we must keep this 
fire burning. As the furnaces of a steam vessel are 
constantly fanned by currents of air supplied from 
above, so we must fan this inward fire of religion by 
the breath of prayer. The fuel will only stifle the 
furnace if there is no draught. And the means of 
grace and Christian doctrine will be of no service 
to us unless by earnest prayer the flame of this love 
fastens upon them and vitalizes them. There may 
be much theology and no godliness. Only when 
knowledge ascends to him does it augment the 
motive force of the soul.— Newman Hall. 



THE GOSPEL ZMIESSEIsrO-IEIR,. 



Jan. 12, 1901. 



PREACHERS' DEPARTMENT. 



Sermon Thoughts, Houn 



PAUL AND BARNABAS-OR TWO BECAME FOUR. 



Bat continue thou in the things which thoa hast learned 
and hast been assured of, krowirg of whom thou has learned 
them.- 2 Tim. 3: 14- 

The incident recorded in Acts 15: 36-41, of the 
separation of Paul and Barnabas, has been the sub- 
ject of various comments, all more or less holding 
up the dispositions of these servants of God not in 
the most favorable light. There is, however, a 
bright side to this seemingly unchristian dispute, 
for God turned it to good account by doubling the 
number of workers in the field. Paul and Barnabas 
had been faithfnl co-laborers for quite awhile, They 
were both good men, strong in faith and doctrine. 
Now they were ready to train others for the same 
work. The two at first proposed to take one more 
with them; but that was not the way to do. Barna- 
bas was just as competent to teach and train a help- 
er in the field as Paul. Besides, did not the Savior 
direct them to go two and two before his face? 
Then three was not the number, and as a result of 
the sharp contention between these two good men, 
Silas entered the field as well as Mark. 

We may consider this as the apostolic method of 
training ministers. Take them right into the field 
as Paul took Silas, and have them share its labors, 
its joys, and its responsibilities, This was Christ's 
own way, He took his disciples with him; and 
when they were sufficiently trained he sent them 
forth two and two before his face. That was the 
method of our brethren years ago, and still is, if we 
continue settled and grounded in the truth of the 
Gospel. 

We may get an education which in itself is an ex- 
cellent thing, but that does not make a minister of 
the Gospel. We may take a course in Bible study, 
and become acquainted with textual analysis and 
scriptural exegesis, and with all the advantages 
these things afford, they do not make the minister. 
He must come in touch with the work and the 
workers in the field. His pulse must beat in re- 
sponse to the life-pulse of the church. He must 
drink in the spirit of the work and the workers, as 
the Master has said, " Others have labored, and ye 
are entered into theii" labors." In this way the 
church may continue as it began. In this way we 
continue in the things which we have learned, as 
the primitive church "continued in the apostles' 
doctrine and fellowship." 

There was no division in the primitive church in 
doctrine nor in fellowship. Neither should there 
be now. When Paul and Barnabas disagreed as to 
whom they would take with them in their visit to 
the churches, they separated in fellowship, Barna- 
. bas with Mark to Cyprus, and Paul with Silas, 
"through Syria and Cilicia confirming the church- 



Broadway, Va. 



BEQIN TO-DAY. 



Is there nothing which Christ, as your friend, 
your Lord, your Savior, wants you to do that you 
are leaving undone to-day? Do you doubt one in- 
stant, with his high and deep love for your soul, that 
he wants you to pray? And do you pray? Do you 
doubt one instant that it is his will that you should 
honor and help and bless all men about you who 
are his brethren? Are you doing anything like 
that? Do you doubt one instant that his will is 
that you should make life serious and lofty? Do 
you one instant doubt that he wants you to be pure 
in deed and word and thought? Are you pure? 
Do you doubt one instant that his command is for 
you openly to own him and declare that you are 
his servants before all the world? And have you 
done it? These are the questions which make the 
whole matter clear. — Phillips Brooks. 



THE ♦ SUNDAY ♦ SCHOOL. 

LESSON LIGHT-PLASHES. 
Greeks Seeking Jesus.— John la: 20-33. 

Lessen for Jan. 30, 1001. 

Golden Text— We would see Jesns.-John 12: 11. 

In this lesson we see the effects that the Christ- 
life was beginning to have on the world and in the 
lives of the people. The leaven had already com- 
menced working in the whole lump which it was 
finally intended to leaven. About these Greeks there 
is some difference of opinion. But the most proba- 
ble view of it is that they were Gentiles, possibly 
proselytes of the gate and that they lived some- 
where in the northern part of Palestine or in Syria. 
Their object was that they might see Jesus. Just 
why they wanted to see him we don't know. But in 
the absence of this knowledge we should take the 
most charitable view. 

There might be given a number of reasons why 
they would want to see him. Because of the won- 
derful life which he had been living, his fame had 
gone abroad throughout all that region of country, 
and as a result the people were anxious to see him. 
This is only natural of us all. We have every rea- 
son to believe that they were honest seekers. The 
bettering of human conditions and the final salva- 
tion of the soul always have been subjects of per- 
sonal inquiry. And as this was the announced mis- 
sion of Christ we need not wonder that the people 
were interested in seeing and knowing all about this 
man. They may have been curious seekers, and yet 
honest, as often is the case. But it is the curious 
that find. And a pleasing thought is that the curi- 
ous always found in Jesus something that was worth 
seeking after. In him was something to be found. 
His life was not only open to inspection, but it was 
a continual fountain of good things. It often hap- 
pens with men that the more we know about and 
study their lives the less we care for them. Not so 
in studying the life of Jesus. In this life are to be 
found all we need for body and soul. The heart 
language ought to be, "Sir, we would see Jesus." 

Another pretty lesson we get from this is that it 
is a blessed thing to be in a position that people 
will come to us to see and know about Jesus. These 
people came to Philip, and Philip was glad, and at 
once went and told Andrew. And these two went 
and told Jesus. Why was it that they went to 
Philip? Can you guess? It was because they knew 
that Philip was a disciple of Jesus and that he was 
in close touch with him. To whom do those go to- 
day who are concerned about their soul's welfare? 
Is it to those who are merely professors of religion, 
or those who are known to be working Christians 
and who are in close touch with the Master? We 
always go where we can expect to get the need- 
ed help, and information. So we should be in 
touch with the Master and lead such lives that those 
who want to see Jesus would come to us, and that 
we could go to him as nobly as did these brethren. 

Another lesson we may learn from this is, the 
close sympathy and the sameness of purpose that 
exists between and in those who are children of the 
Master. Philip went to Andrew because he knew 
that he would be equally interested in carrying the 
message to Jesus. And they both went. 

What these men said to Jesus we don't know. 
But he told them a great truth — the one that was 
lying closest to his heart. Here were men inquiring 
after salvation, the thing which he had come to give 
to the world, but the work is not yet done. For the 
completion of it he had come. And before it could 
be finished his life's blood was to be given. The 
hour had come that he was to be glorified. And he 
illustrated how this was to be accomplished by us- 
ing a very common figure— a grain of wheat, in 
order to multiply and increase, must fall into the 
ground and die. So, before the new life in the new 
kingdom could come forth, it was necessary that he, 
as the seed, should fall to the ground, be buried and 
the body die. All this, long ago, has taken place 
and the grains of wheat are increasing as souls die 
to the flesh and live to eternal life. h. b. b. 



oun Pravbr jyiBHTmc 

OUR BURDENS. 

For Week Ending Jan. 26. 

1. Heavy Weights: Of sin, Psa. 38: 4; of care and sorrow, 
Psa. 55: 22; of trial and labor, Psa. 90: 10; of infirmity and 
weakness of the flesh, 2 Cor. 5: 4; of the heavy judgment of 
God threatened in prophecy, or inflicted in righteousness, 
Jer. 23: 33. 

2. Promised Relief . "Cast thy burden upon the Lord, and he 
ihall sustain thee," Psa. 55: 22. 

3. Help Each Day. " Blessed be the Lord, who daily beareth 
our burdens, " Psa. 68: 19 (R. V.). Read in connection with 
verse 18, we note that the mighty conqueror, who has " as- 
cended up on high, and received gifts for men," yet stoops 
down to bear the burdens of his weary people. "Blessed 
be the Lord." 

4. The Burden of Personal Responsibility. " Every man shall 
bear his own burdens." Gal. 6: 5. 

5. The Burden of Sympathy and Mutual Help. " Bear ye one 
another's burdens " Gal. 6 2; Rom. 15: I. 

6. The Burden of Sin to be Laid Aside. Whatever hinders 
our spiritual progress should be dropped. " Lay aside ev- 
ery weight." Heb. 12: I. 

7. Christ's Burden Light. Christ takes away the burdens 
that have almost crushed us, and gives us, instead, the easy 
yoke of the Gospel. " My yoke is easy and my burden is 
light." Matt. 11:30. 



BACKSLIDING THROUGH THE DOOR. 

" A minister's little girl and her playmate were 
talking about serious things. ' Do you know what 
a backslider is?' the former questioned. 

'"Yes; it's a person that used to be a Christian 
and isn't,' said the playmate, promptly. 

" ' But what do you s'pose makes them call them 
backsliders?' 

" ' Oh, that's easy. You see, when people are 
good, they go to church and sit up in front. When 
they get a little tired of being good they slide back 
a seat, and keep on sliding till they get clear back 
to the door. After a while they slide clear out and 
never come back to church at all.' " 

IT IS THE LIFE THAT TELLS. 

Do not forget that your life may be the only 
Bible your neighbor ever reads. Your words, your 
actions, are spread ever before him, as so many 
pages to be read. He is forever scanning you care- 
fully, looking for a blot here, a blemish there, or 
some absolute mistake. You may think lightly of 
some inconsistent action; he does not, and is quick 
to take advantage of such to defend his own short- 
comings. "The one argument I never could an- 
swer," said an infidel after conversion, " was the 
consistent life of my Christian mother." 



MUST WAIT AND LISTEN. 



The Bible seldom speaks, and certainly never its 
deepest, sweetest words, to those who always read 
it in a hurry. Nature can only tell her secrets to 
such as will sit still in her sacred temple, till their 
eyes lose the glare of earthly glory and their ears 
are attuned to her voice. And shall revelation do 
what nature cannot? Never. The man who shall 
win the blessedness of hearing her must watch 
daily at her gates, and wait at the posts of her 
doors. . . . Words fail to tell how glad, how 
strong, how useful, shall be the daily life of those 
who can say with the prophet, " Thy words were 
found, and I did eat them; and thy word was unto 
me the joy and rejoicing of my heart." — Rev. F. B. 
Meyer. 

Many a dove comes to our window from the wel- 
tering waste of waters, but we are too immersed in 
other things to notice its light tap. We pray, but 
we do not wait; we ask, but we do not expect to 
receive; we knock, but we are gone before the door 
is opened. — F. B. Meyer. 



Not as men of science, not as critics, not as phil- 
osophers, but as little children, shall we enter into 
the kingdom of heaven. 



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Jan. 12, >90i. 



TBOS GOSPEL JyEESSElTGESK,. 



23 



► HOME » AND x FAMILY^ 

THB CHURCH OP " NOW I LAY MB." 

There's a restin' place I used to know— 

Yon did, too; 
Where every night I used to go, 

And so did you; 
' Twaa just the church that suited me, 
I found it at my mother's knee; — 

The church was " Now I lay me.' 
Guess I'm 'boot to quit the game — 

Wish't I knew 
Where I could find that church again; 

Don't you? 
I'd like to have that restful feel 
That used to come when down I'd kneel;- 

The creed was " Now I lay me." 
It's gettin' dark an' hard to see — 

Wish't I might 
Just hear my mother callin' me 

One more night; 
Jnst again to say that prayer, 
Like 1 used to, kneelin' there — 

Once more " Now I lay me." 



IND1QEST1BLE RELIQION. 



It requires a great deal of ingenuity to build a 
house or fashion a ship; but more ingenuity to build 
the temple of a child's character and launch it on 
the great ocean of time and eternity. Where there 
is one parent that seems qualified for the work, 
there seem to be twenty parents who miserably fail. 
Here is a father who says, " My child shall know 
nothing but religion; he shall hear nothing but re- 
ligion, and he shall see nothing but religion." The 
boy is aroused at six o'clock in the morning to re- 
cite the ten commandments. He is awakened off 
the sofa on Sunday night to see how much he 
knows of the Westminster catechism. It is religion 
morning, noon, and night. Passages of Scripture 
are plastered on the bed-room wall. He looks for 
the day of the month in a religious almanac. Ev- 
ery minister that comes to the house is told to take 
the boy aside and talk to him, and tell what a 
great sinner he is. 

After a while the boy arrives at that period of life 
when he is too old for chastisement and too young 
to know and feel the force of moral principle. 
Father and mother are sitting up for the boy to 
come home. It is nine o'clock at night — ten 
o'clock -it is twelve o'clock— it is half-past twelve 
o'clock, and they hear the night-key jingle in the 
door. They say he is coming. George goes very 
softly through the hall, hoping to get upstairs be- 
fore he is accosted. The father says, " George, 
where have you been?" "Been out!" Yes, he 
has been out, and he has been down, and he is on 
the broad road to destruction for this life and the 
life to come. Father says, " There is no use in the 
ten commandments; the catechism seems to me to 
be an utter failure." Ah, my friend, you made a 
very great mistake. You stuffed that child with 
religion until he could not digest it; you made that 
which is a joy in many households an abhorrence in 
yours. — Christian Herald. 



But Daniel did not mean to be changed by these 
unfavorable surroundings, and with this purpose in 
his heart, and with an unwavering faith in God, he 
was enabled to stand firm by his convictions. 

His first temptation was to partake of the meat 
and wine appointed for him by the king. Two re- 
sults were to be considered — the outward and the 
inward. To refuse them was to endanger his life 
and liberty; to accept them was to defile himself. 
The former was the fear of man, the latter the fear 
of God. He refused, overcame the temptation, and 
thus was strengthened and prepared to meet the 
temptations which followed. 

Perhaps none of us will ever be placed under 
circumstances like those of Daniel, but we have 
many temptations to meet, many things are about 
us to defile us, to poison our mind, mar our charac- 
ter and draw us, perhaps slowly, but surely, away 
from God. Few of us mean to do wrong, but what 
we need is a purpose to do right. We are like the 
waves of the sea, driven by the winds and tossed. 
When we are with God's people we sing praises, we 
bless God; but when among the world how changed 
we are! We need more earnest thought along | 
these lines, followed by a firm purpose to live pure 
in the sight of God, regardless of our surroundings. 
It is easy when with God's people to live righteous- 
ly. It is easy when with the world to live like 
them; but true manhood and womanhood is to seek 
for the right, to know the right, and to do the right 
wherever we may be. 

To have a firm purpose may mean to stand 
alone, to be laughed at, to deny ourselves of many 
pleasures, or even to be persecuted; but what mat- 
ters it? It is not what people think, not what they 
not what we suffer, not where we are, but what 
.._ are that should concern us. Better that which 
is bitter but changes to sweet, than that which 
seems to be sweet but changes to bitter. It is not 
present but after results that should be considered. 

" Dare to be a Daniel, 
Dare to stand alone! 
Dare to have a purpose firm ! 



they read in her guide book of that land where she 
now lives, whose inhabitants shall no more say, " I 
am sick," and where God shall wipe all tears from 
their eyes. — Detroit Free Press. 



THINOS THAT MAR HOME HAPPINESS. 

The intercourse of many homes is marred and 
spoiled by exhibitions of a thoughtless spirit. 
Family life should be a blending of all the tastes, 
dispositions, talents, gifts and resources of all the 
members of the household. In each one there 
should be self-restraint. No member may live in 
a home circle as if he were dwelling alone in a 
great house with only himself to consider. He 
must repress much in himself for the sake of the 
other members. He must do many things which 
he might not do if he were alone, because he is a 
member of a little community whose happiness and 
good he is to seek at every point. No household 
life can ever be made truly ideal by all having their 
own way. But many persons who are tied up in 
I family life forget this. They expect to live as re- 
gardless of others as if they were living alone. 
I They consider no one's comfort, peace or pleasure 
but their own. They let their impulses have full 
and free expression. They make no effort to re- 
press any elements or dispositions in themselves 
which tend to give pain to others. They demand 
all their rights, not remembering that the other 
members of the family have rights, too, and that 
home happiness can be secured only by the mutual 
surrender of rights, each in honor preferring the 
others, each seeking not to be ministered unto, but 
to minister.— Christian Work. 



say, 



FALLING OUT OF BBD. 






Goshen, hid. 



QONE ON A JOURNEY. 



FIRMNESS OF PURPOSE. 

BY GLADIE SWARTZ. 



But Daniel purposed in Ms heart AM he would not defile 
himself with the portion of the king's meat, nor with the wine 
which he drank.— Daniel 1: 8, 

The life of Daniel is one certainly worth the 
study of every young man and woman. He had an 
abiding trust in God, stood in favor with him, was 
tried in the fire of presecution and came forth as 
pure gold. 

We have no record of his parents, but have every 
reason to believe that they were a godly people and 
that Daniel was early taught to love and honor his 
heavenly Father. While under the sacred influence 
of his home, surrounded by God's people, it was 
perhaps easy for him to live a pure life; but when 
carried away into a strange land, a captive among 
an idolatrous people, it meant much more for n.m 
to stand by the principles he knew to be right ano 
to maintain his purity. 



There is a hint in the following incident of the 
way in which children may be trained so as not to 
regard death as the king of terrors. 

That night, before they went to bed, they were 
allowed to go in and kiss their mother good-night. 
This privilege had been denied them lately, and 
their hearts responded with joy to the invitation. 
Mamma was better, or she could not see them. 
The doctor had cured her. They would love him 
for it all their lives! She was very pale, but smil- 
ing, and her first words to them were: " I am going 
on a journey." 

"A journey!" cried the children. "Will you 
take us with you?" 
" No' it is a long, long journey." 
" Mamma is going to the South," said Katy; " the 
doctor has ordered her to. She will get well in the 
orange groves of Florida." 

" I am going to a far distant country, more beau- 
tiful than even the lovely South," said the mother, 
faintly " and I will not come back." 
•• You are going alone, mamma? " asked Katy. 
"No," said the mother, in a low, sweet voice, " I 
am not going alone. My physician goes with me. 
Kiss me good-bye, my dear ones, fo- - •'■ 
ing before you are awake 
come to me when you are 
must make the journey alone.' 

In the morning she was gone. When the chil- 
dren awoke their father told them of the beautiful 
country at which mother had safely arrived while 
she slept. 

"How did she go? 
asked, amid their tears. 

"The chariot of Israel and the horsemen there- 
of 1 " their father told them, solemnly. 

People wonder at the peace and happiness ex- 
Dressed in the faces of these motherless children. 
When asked about their mother they say, " She has 
gone on a journey," and every night and morning 



We have heard of a little boy who explained his 
falling out of bed by saying, " I presume 1 went to 
sleep too near where I got in." Many people fall 
out of church for the same reason. They go to 
sleep too near where they got in. 

There is no time when young and old alike will 
go to sleep quite so easily as immediately after they 
unite with the church. A hard duty, they feel, has 
been accomplished. They have faced it with a 
good deal of dread; and now that it is done, they 
are liable to stop and take a good, long breath- 
yes, they will lie down and take a prolonged and 
indolent nap if some one does not prevent it. 

On the other hand, it is also true that there is 
never a time in their history when new converts 
can so easily be kept awake and set to work. If 
those who come into our churches do not begin 
work at the outset, the chances are they will never 
begin at all; but, on the contrary, if they are given 
a good start at the beginning, they are likely to 
develop more and more along all the lines of ac- 
tivity connected with the bringing in of the king- 
dom of Christ.— G. B. F. Hallock. 



shall go. You will 
nade ready, but each 



' Who came for her? " they 



THE STRANGE SLEEP. 

Explorer Jacqus Dabon, lecturing before the 
French Geographical Society in Paris, described 
a strange city in the French Senegal colony, once 
busily prosperous, but now almost abandoned. 
Some gradual change in the climate or soil has 
caused increasing drowsiness. Most of the inhabit- 
ants sleep twenty hours daily. Some even fall 
asleep while walking, and many have slept to death, 
their friends finding it impossible to arouse them 
even after several days of uninterrupted lethargy. 
The explorer says that neither himself nor any of 
the colonial doctors was able to discover the real 
cause of this strange condition. 

This is a remarkable physical condition, but 
scores of ministers have found it duplicated spirit- 
ually in congregations they have visited. There is 
something that comes over church members and 
puts them to sleep. Some attribute it to the cli- 
mate, others to poorly-ventilated mee ing rooms, 
but it should probably be attributed to^ worldly- 
mindedne 



foolish virgii 
did not hav 
lamps filled. 



That was the trouble with the five 
i who had no oil in their lamps. They 
life enough in them to keep their 



THE GOSEBL ZMZESSEZsTG-rELLR,. 



Jan. 12, 1901. 



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For the present Bro. A. W. Reese may be ad- 
dressed at Memphis, Term. 

Bro. Jacob Witmore commenced a series of 
meetings in the Nappanee church, Ind., last week. 

Bro. Sherman Stookev changes his address from 
Fandon, 111., to Plymouth, same State, R. R. No. 
3- 

Next week Bro. D. S. Filbrun, formerly of Ohio, 
will tell us something about his recent removal to 
Utah. 

Bro. I. J. Rosenherger commenced meetings in 
the Upper Twin church, Ohio, Dec. 17, and was 
still there when last heard from. 



A late series of meetings in the Meadow Branch 
congregation, Tenn., resulted in five additions to 
the band of believers at the village. 



The Brethren at Sunnyside, Washington, have 
ompleted the foundation for their new church. It 
i the first house of worship in that place. 



The Brethren in Chicago had a very pleas 
feast last Sunday evening. It was attended by some 
of the members from Elgin. Bro. A. C. Wieand of- 
ficiated. 

Bro. C. M. Yearoot writes that he is now in the 
midst of a glorious meeting in the Antioch church, 
Franklin Co., Va. On New Year's day four came 
out on the Lord's side. 



The dedication of the new church at Holland, 
Dickenson Co., Kans., will occur the third Sunday 
in this month, services commencing at II A. M. 
Bro. C. E. Arnold will preach the dedication ser- 
mon. 

Sister Jane Miller says that she is the only 
member that she knows of in Atchison, Kans., and 
that the nearest congregation is fifty miles away. 
The sister, however, is greatly comforted and 
strengthened by the reading of the Messenger. 



Bro. Andrew Hutchison writes us from Haw- 
thorne, Fla, where he has been holding a series of 
meetings. He is now at Keuka, and will go from 
there to the Indian River country. 



The total cost of the Annual Meeting of the 
Old Order Brethren, held near Camden, Ind,, last 
June, was 81,514.34. From lumber, etc., sold, 
$662.94 was realized, leaving the net cost $851.30. 

Correspondents will please give their names 
plainly, and not initials, with items of news sent in 
for publication. This week we place in the waste 
files a very interesting item of church news simply 
because the writer gave only his initials. 

To the list of the aged, found elsewhere in this 
issue, should be added the name of Sister Elizabeth 
Coover, who lives at Mechanicsburg, Pa. She is 
now nearly 103 years old, having been born April 
5, 1798. She has therefore lived through one cen- 
tury, and in a part of two others. T 
said to be hale and hearty, and all h> 
bright. 

An elder in the West writes that as ministers lo- 
cate in his part of the country they are distributed 
as much as circumstances will permit. His object 
is to place each preacher where he is needed, and 
where he will have an opportunity of doing some 
good. This is far better than to have a number 
settle together in the same locality. The elder is 
to be commended for his course. 



s old sister is 
■ faculties are 



Many of our readers write us that they would 
sooner do without one meal each week than to be 
without the Messenger. Well, we are glad to have 
them appreciate the paper, but they do not need to 
deprive themselves of the meal in order to enjoy 
the reading feast we give them week after week. It 
is a pleasure to edit a paper for such readers. They 
do not know what an inspiration their earnestness is 
to us. We do admire a grateful people. 



The voting on the Messenger index is becoming 
interesting. We shall be pleased to hear from all 
of our readers. On a postal card, or a slip of pa- 
per, you can say, " My vote is for the index," or 
" My vote is against the index," then give your 
name and address, and send the same to us. 

Have you an unconverted child or friend whom 
you would like to bring to Christ? Then donate 
him or her the Messenger one year, and watch the 
result. It may not accomplish its work at once, 
but it will in time. If you desire to donate the pa- 
per for such a purpose you can have it for one 
dollar. 

An effort is on foot to locate 10,000 French 
Huguenots in North Carolina, and 16,000 acres of 
land have been secured for the colony. It seems 
that these people are more or less persecuted in 
Europe. When settled they are to be supplied with 
American pastors and American teachers and 
Americanized as rapidly as possible. 



Bro. J. D. Haughtelin, of Panora, Iowa, writes; 
" A superannuated deacon, O. Ferree, of Panora, 
says the first page of the Messenger is worth the 
cost of the entire paper, and in every way is im- 
proving all the time. He is eighty-three year* 
old, quite deaf, and an extensive reader." 



It is not every correspondent for a newspaper 
who knows how to write something that the peo- 
ple are certain to read and then wish for more of 
the same kind. A hint to all of them may not be 
amiss. A labored essay so profound that it has to 
be read the second time to be understood, is never 
highly prized in a newspaper. People enjoy read- 
ing something that is pointed, clear, and is worth 
thinking about after it is read. Now and then a 
writer sees or hears something of special interest. 
He writes it up in a clear, forcible manner and- 
sends it here for publication. We give it space in 
the paper, and it is read and commented on for 
weeks. The minister in his sermon may refer to it. 
The article does good, and the people wish for 
more of the same character. Of course everybody 
cannot do this kind of writing, but those who can 
should do more of it. It is this live matter that is 
doing good, and we say this for the purpose of put- 
ting our scribes to thinking more along this line. 



Bro. Ed. Loomis, of New Philadelphia, Ohio, 
called on us last week. He had been holding a series 
of meetings at Cherry Grove, this State, and reports 
four accessions. Bro. Loomis spends considerable 
time in the field, and says the work agrees with him 
splendidly. He is one of those men who can for 
weeks spend each night at a different place and 
feel none the worse for it. He believes in getting 
out among the people and preaching the Gospel 
from house to house. He went from here to 
Northern Indiana to conduct a protracted meeting 
in the Syracuse church. 

A short time ago the Governor of Michigan 
made a banquet in the Representative Hall, Lan- 
sing, where four glasses of wine were served for 
each person. In his invitation he said that last 
winter he attended a banquet given in the White 
House where there were five glasses of wine to each 
plate, but he meant to limit his to four. Invitations 
were sent to two hundred persons, but fifty had the 
good sense not to attend. The banquet is said to 
have cost about $5,000, or over $330 for each guest 
present. This is sin in high places, and deserves 
the most severe rebuke. When men, who are select- 
ed to govern the people, do such things, what may 
we not expect of the masses? But so it is the 
world over. Men of high station set the most dis- 
graceful examples, and the people by them are led 



One of our earnest agents says that he has suc- 
ceeded in getting the Messenger into a number of 
families where the people belong to other churches. 
They want a paper that is strictly religious, and 
find the Messenger that kind of a journal, more so, 
in fact, than their own church papers. This feature 
of the paper is causing it to win its way into hun- 
dreds of families, where the people differ from us 
in religious faith. It is the simplicity, and even re- 
ligious tenor of the Gospel Messenger that makes 
it so desirable with many people. We are glad to 
have others, besides our own people, read the pa- 
per. We shall endeavor to give them the pure Gos- 
pel, with none of the errors and foolishness of the 
world mixed in. 



Not a few of our members are in the habit of 
donating the Messenger to a friend, some poor 
person, or to one who needs to learn the way of 
the Lord more perfectly. In this way they do 
some most acceptable and effectual missionary 
work. For this purpose we let them have the pa- 
per for one dollar. This is a very low rate, but it is 
for those only who wish to send the paper as a do- 
nation. It is our way of encouraging them in a 
good work. Now and then a brother sends five 
or ten dollars and has the paper donated to that 
many persons. When the paper is sent to ten fam- 
ilies that means about 50 readers, and sometimes 
more. It is preaching the Gospel to fifty people 
every Sunday during the year rain or shine, for ten 
dollars. It is the cheapest way in the world of do- 
ing first-class missionary work, and is a plan that 
might with propriety be accepted by hundreds. If 
you have five or ten unconverted families at an 
isolated point, send them the Messenger one year 
as a donation, and see how they will become in- 
terested in meetings, religious matters and in their 
own spiritual welfare. 



Looking eastward from the sanctum window, a 
few days ago, we observed eight or more men rais- 
ing a large and heavy telegraph pole into position. 
At the top were three cross beams, and these added 
to the weight of the pole. Each man took a posi- 
tion. Six of them handled long spikes. One man 
managed the brace and so the labor was distributed. 
One well-dressed gentleman stood quietly, giving 
orders and watching the progress. Each man kept 
his place, and the movements were slow but sure. 
The danger was in the huge pole swinging to the 
right or left, for it was top-heavy, and should it 
fall one or more of the men might lose his life. By 
and by it was raised sufficiently to slip into the 
deep hole prepared for its support, and there it 
now stands and does duty. By the united efforts of 
a few men the work was accomplished. The task 
was not a great one. The same thing is being done 
every day, but it illustrates the necessity of unity. 
One mind controlled the minds of all the rest, and 
that is what made the task not only possible but 
really easy. One needs but enlarge on this lesson 
to see the wisdom of having the entire body of 
Christ — composed of many members— controlled 
by Jesus. The same lesson will apply to any busi- 
ness, or line of business, where much of the force 
must be utilized. It will not do to let each person 
have his own way in all the particulars. A plan 
must be agreed upon, and each member must work 
in harmony with this plan and arrangements. 
And thus we might reason regarding a united ef- 
fort, but it is all summed up in the one thing of 
people working together; that is each person doing 
his duty, and doing it well. 



Jan. 12, 1901. 



-L'-W-E C3OS0PEL 3VtESSE3sTC3-JBI^. 



25 



Our missionary sisters, Susie Forney and Cora 
Cripe, of Chicago, spent a few days in Elgin last 
week. They were out on a very short vacation. 
Like everybody else, they need a little of the 
variety now and then, and so they visited Elgin. 
We were glad to have them with us, and hope they 
will come again. 

It is suggested that we should make more com- 
ments on some of the articles that appear in the 
Messenger from time to time. Well, things are 
often said to which we feel like bearing a word of 
testimony, and then there are other things written 
that probably need a little correction, or should 
have something said on the other side. But we 
have many good thinkers among our writers. They 
have their own ideas and their own way of telling 
what they believe. So, as far as it is in keeping with 
the purpose and character of the paper, we permit 
them to express their views in their own manner. 
True, we may differ from them, but we are brethren, 
and they probably have as good a right to their way 
of thinking as we or anybody else. While we may 
not see proper to accept all the ideas advanced by 
those who write for the Messenger, there may be 
those who look at some things entirely differently 
from what we do. There are instances when it be- 
comes our duty to follow a writer with some re- 
marks, but it is one of the editorial privileges that 
must be indulged in with caution. 

We are now filling orders for the Life of Eld. 
John Kline. It is a neatly-printed and well-bound 
book of 480 large pages. This most excellent work 
needs no special recommendation, or write up. It 
is a book that speaks for itself, and will be highly 
prized from one end of the Brotherhood to the 
other. The book will be found instructive, com- 
forting and encouraging, and by some will probably 
be read two and three times. Price, Si. 2;. To the 
ministers of the Brethren church, who want it for 
their own library, it will be sent free on receipt 
of the postage, twenty cents. Not one of our 
preachers should fail to order it. Where there are 
a number of ministers at one place it might be well 
for them to club together and have the books 
needed sent by express in one package, they 
paying the express charges. Where this is done 
no postage need be sent, but before such orders 
can be filled we must have the name and address of 
each preacher for whom a book is intended. A 
record is kept of every book sent by the Gish Fund 
to ministers, so that we can tell at any time what 
books have been sent to this, that and the other 
preacher. And while our preachers are ordering 
the book for their own use, let them encourage the 
members to purchase the work at the price named. 
The work should have an extensive sale. 



PROFANINQ SACRED TH1MIS. 

At Lima, Ohio, a protracted meeting was recent- 
ly held by a minister who shuns to declare the 
whole counsel of God. In his preaching he not 
only gives some uncertain sounds, but makes light 
of certain commands. For the so-called interest 
of the people he had a box into which questions 
could be dropped for him to answer. Among oth- 
er questions was this: "Do you believe in feet- 
washing?" His answer was, " Ves. I wash my 
feet two or three times a week." 

This is sacrilegious. It is profaning a sacred in- 
stitution. It is making light of one of the New 
Testament commands. Suppose another preacher 
should call for questions and receive this, " Do you 
believe in dipping for baptism?" and should re- 
ceive the answer, " Yes; I take a plunge in the lake 
everyday," Or this question: " Do you believe in 
breaking bread?" and the answer should be, 
" Most assuredly; I always break my bread." 
Then this question: " Do you believe in the cup of 
the New Testament? " followed by the answer, 
"Certainly, I always sip my tea from the cup, not 
considering it polite to use a saucer." 

This would be profaning sacred things no less 
than was done in the answer given concerning 
feet-washing. Men may ridicule the New Testa- 
ment commands in this world, but the time is 
coming when they must face the open Book at the 
judgment bar of God. They will then not feel 
like making sport of holy things. We have some 
respect for the man who gives what he considers 
honest reasons for not regarding the feet-washing 
mentioned in John 13 as a church ordinance, but 
none whatever for the man who offers only ridicule, 



On page three of last issue is an article by Bro. 
Quincy Leckrone that should be read again, and 
might be made the basis of some timely sermons. 
It treats four live questions, viz, Sunday desecration, 
the mixed ministry, sociability and the lack in train- 
ing children to attend religious services. The sec- 
ond and third should not be passed by, but it is to 
the first and last that we invite special attention. 
This Sunday desecration-the neglect of religious 
services-is becoming the great American sin, and 
may lead to more fearful consequences than what 
has so far been charged up to the saloons. When 
Christian men and women, along with their children, 
begin to neglect their places of worship, then com 
mences the decline of religion in that part • 
country, No church can keep up 1 
wage a holy war against sin and en 
half, or even one-third of the members absent them- 
selves from the house of God. This is a very se- 
rious matter to contemplate, and well deserves the 
attention of our most earnest workers from one ena 
of the Fraternity to the other. For people to absent 
themselves from their regular meals, time after time 
means not only sickness, but death. And 
with those who persist in neglecting pu 
For this reason many are spiritually sick. 
sickness unto death,-a death that knows n 
itual wakening. 



f the 
nterest, or 
when one- 



: worship. 



nd turns hi: 



eting into a place of 1 



AFTER-ALL. 



e when it 
Kperiences. 



A compound of wonderful signific; 
comes out of our own selves and own 
There are times that we sit down— sometimes lie 
down— and we fall into a course of meditation. We 
think on our ways and in a way cast up our ac- 
counts to see how we stand. And, when done, how 
often are we made to say to ourselves: "After-all, 
what has it amounted to? What have we accom- 
plished? After all is said and done, are we any 
further along or any better off than we were be- 
fore?" These thoughts come to us all the year 
round. But perhaps with greater force and mean- 
ing at the close. of the year. This may be because 
of habit and custom, but more because of these 
closings representing our life's periods. By these 
periods we measure our past, and prospect on the 
future. Our problems of life are solved in this 
way. We do it by the rule of proportion. If in 
the ten years that are pa 

uch, how much can we do in the ten 
me? As much? More? Al- 



: measure by 



t we have b 
complish 

years that are to 

ways more; so we feel, so we say, and 
be. But is it really so, especially if 
the side of proportion? 

We are now dropping into the twentieth century. 
And as we do so there is additional cause for us to 
consider, take the backward look that we may form 
some idea as to what the future may be. We can- 
not be satisfied with everlastingly toeing the mark. 
We must cross over and take the onward march. 
Our work is aggressive. There are times when it 
is enough to " hold the fort." But if the enemy is 
to be overcome, and the vantage ground to be ours, 
the charge for right and conquest must be made. 

Our mind has been engaged on the work of the 
church. We have been trying to think over the 
work that we as a church have been doing dur- 
ing the last ten decades or more, to see how the pro- 
portion has been keeping up. Are we growing, 



working and saving souls in proportion to the num- 
ber of souls that are needing salvation? And we 
confess that the answer to our problem has not 
been satisfactory, or at all encouraging. And we 
concluded that if the Millennium is to be 
brought through the work that we are doing, it is 
not very near as yet. But if, on the other hand, the 
devil is to usher it in by destroying the salt, the 
prospects for its soon coming are fairly good. 

After all is said — after all we have been doing — 
what have we accomplished? If we measure our- 
selves by ourselves and among ourselves, as we 
were fifteen and twenty years ago, we think we see 
an advance movement in the right direction; that 
is, we are making some preparatory steps, if right- 
ly directed, that will count in the future. But as 
to a real victory we are not there. We are doing 
exceedingly well if we are holding the fort. 

Our educational facilities are giving our people 
the wider view of the work to be done and our re- 
sponsibilities as the working force for the Master. 
Out of this view have come the Sunday schools, 
Bible teachings and missionary efforts. But all of 
them put together, while good of their kind, form 
only a small beginning of the great work that must 
be done to save the world for Christ. When we 
think of the towns and cities of our own country 
with their thousands and millions of souls almost 
untouched by the forces which we say are to save 
Id, what must be our conclusions? What 
are yours, my brother, my sister? Is it a truth 
that it is said: "The Lord is not willing that any 
should perish, but that all should come to repent- 
ance?" Yes, so the Lord has said. And if he is 
not willing that any should perish, how should it 
be with us? Are we satisfied with bringing a few 
of the country people into the church, while the 
teeming millions are left to go to ruin as far as we 
are concerned? 

We might as well look at things as they really 
are. And the more we do this, the better we can 
see where we stand and what our duty is. In our 
worldly callings we are not satisfied with holding 
our own. Only this, and we say it has been a bad 
year with us. We have not been able to more 
than make ends meet. And to do only that is a 
failure. And so it is, because the passing of time 
and the increasing wants require that we should 
overstride the mark, at least to meet the added 
exegesis. And when this is done we have gained 
nothing. No, we don't want this kind of work and 
living. And yet in our church work we have not 
done even so well as this. Our efforts and ad- 
vances have not been great enough to meet the 
demands of the ever-opening and widening field. 
And it is because of this, that after some careful 
thinking we have been made to say, " And, after-all, 
what have we done?" 

It is true, some have been working, pushing and 
sacrificing in the Master's vineyard. But the host 
of idlers— why stand ye all the day idle? Can 
any of us answer " Because no one has hired us "? 
We have all been called. And the very first com- 
mand was, " Go ye into my vineyard and work." 
How long is it since you have been called, my 
brother? And how much have you done? Per- 
haps you may say that you have attended church, 
have carried out the order of the church, have 
washed feet, eaten the Lord's Supper and taken 
the Communion. What more? These are all very 
good things to do, but the Lord has not called you 
to do these things. He has given you these to 
make you strong and enable you to work. The 
Lord's work and your work, is to help to make the 
world better— to lighten burdens, to raise the fallen, 
to save souls. And after-all, how much of this 
kind of work have we done? How many burdens 
fallen raised, and how 



have we lifted, h 
many lost saved? 



many 



THE OOSPEL MESSENGER. 



Jan. 12, igoi. 



SOME AQED PEOPLE. 



As we enter the twentieth century special search 
is being made for those who have lived in three 
centuries, and there seems to be a number of them.i 
It was hoped that 

AUNT KITTY BICE, 

of Mt. Morris, might live long enough to enter the 
third century of her life, but she passed over the 
river just a few days before the close of 1900, at the 
ripe old age of 103. She retained her remarkable 
memory almost to the last, and died of old age. 
She was a very consistent member of the Men- 
nonite church, and at the same time greatly loved 
the Brethren. Up to the time she was ninety years 
old she attended our services quite regularly. Your 
Office Editor visited her a few months before her 
death and found her most interesting in conversa- 
tion. She would readily recall events that trans- 
pired in 1812, or events connected with the late war, 
or circumstances that occurred of late years. She 
would quote Scripture and make most admirable 
application of it to passing events. Much of her 
later life was spent thinking about the good and 
pleasant things that she had enjoyed during her 
long life, and recalling the events which had come 
to her notice. We are told of other aged people of 
whom it is interesting to read. 

MBS. POLLY CBAW, 

of Mason City, W. Va, is said to be 102 years old. 
She enjoys good health and is still making her own 
living with the needle, being an expert seamstress, 
and no seam is too fine for her one-hundred-year- 
old eyes. Her husband died fifty years ago. She 
now looks like a woman of not more than sixty, 
and may live a number of years in the third century 
of her time. 

PHILADELPHIA, PA., 

claims a spry dame who is past one hundred years 
of age, Mrs. Elizabeth Cooper Mclntire. A short 
time ago she presided at a reception, receiving her 
guests while standing. She is said to have no false 
teeth, and has not yet found any use for glasses. 
During the recent reception she recited " The Star 
Spangled Banner" and several other poen 
memory. Then there is 

MISS REBECCA WHITCOMB, 

who lives in the country near Berlin, Mass. She 
celebrated her one hundred and first birthday on 
Nov. 27 last. She was born on a farm near Bolton, 
Mass., and has lived in the State all her life. She 
was not particularly strong when a young woman, 
and after spending eight years as a school-teacher 
she broke down and was obliged to spend several 
months in a hospital. After her recovery she en- 
tered the family of Dr. Edward Hartshorn at 
Worcester, where she remained for more than forty 
years. Ten years ago she gave up her place there 
and went to make her home with her niece on the 
country road leading from Berlin to Hudson. The 
electric cars run past the door of the house, but 
Miss Whitcomb has never in her life ridden on an 
electric car. She rarely goes out of doors now, but 
spends her time sitting in a big chair in the door- 
way or in front of a window. Her eyes and her 
hearing are still good, and she has not been ill for 
years. She has never married, and only smiled 
when asked whether she thought single blessedness 
was a happier condition than the married state. 
But the women are not to have it all their own way 
when it comes to numbering the years, for 

UNCLE NOAH RABY, 

of Plainfield, N. J., claims to be just as old as Mo- 
ses, but not so spry, nor is he as good a man, for he 
smokes and even sometimes drinks. Had he taken 
good care of himself his eyes would probably not 
yet be dimmed, and his strength not abated. For a 
number of years he has been in the poor-house and 



is likely to remain there until he dies. He is a 
bachelor and thinks that the absence of family care 
has done much in prolonging his life. He was born 
in North Carolina, his father being an Indian and his 
mother a white woman. It is a little remarkable, 
however, that the prize for longevity should be car- 
ried off by 



A COLORED MAN. 

But such seems to be the case, for the present at 
least. Georgia claim? 



to have within her borders 
the oldest man in the world. The claim is made on 
behalf of Caesar Booker, a coal-black negro, who was 
born in Virginia 126 years ago. He came of slave 
parentage, and his master, Richardson Booker, died 
more than fifty years ago. Even at the time of his 
death Caesar was looked upon as an ancient uncle, 
with a large family of grandchildren growing up 
around him. Since that time almost two genera- 
tions have gone by, and old Ceesar is still in the 
best of health. One of his daughters is living at 
Thomson, Ga„ a wrinkled old dame of ninety-eight, 
who is in appearance much older than her antique 
father. There are six other children, all of them 
old and more or less decrepit. The old man him- 
self seems to be a freak of nature. His memory is 
good, and he talks entertainingly of things which 
happened more than a century ago. His great age 
is well authenticated. The old man thinks that he 
may live quite a while yet. He is still able to do 
some light work, and takes pleasure in being con- 
sidered the oldest man who walks upon the face of 
the earth. He is even six years older than Moses 
was when he closed his eyes in death on Mt. Nebo. 



I am not an agent. But I love and appreciate our 
church paper. What I enjoy I want others to enjoy 
with me. Let no one say he is not able to take the 
Messenger and then spend ten or twenty-five cents 
a week for tobacco, or one cent a day for a daily 
worldly paper. May the Lord continue to bless our 
editors that they may be able to give us a true Gos- 
pel Messenger as they have in the past. 



OUR CHURCH PAPER. 



Bro. Geo. L. Studebaker, of Muncie, Ind., has 
something practical to say concerning the Messen- 
ger, and we make room for his communication 
here: 

Why is not our church paper in every family in 
the BrotherhoodT It certainly ought to be, — fifty- 
two numbers coming into our homes every year; 
one copy every week, laden with rich editorials, ap- 
propriate essays, news from the various churches of 
our beloved Brotherhood, telling of scores returning 
to the fold; having a Preachers', Sunday School, 
Prayer Meeting, Home and Family and Missionary 
Department. Several have expressed themselves 
that the editorial is well worth the price of the 
paper. To get our paper into the homes of the 
Brotherhood there should be 

1. A live agent in every church. Having gone 
into some homes recently where the Messenger was 
not found, it was said: " I would like to take the 
Messenger if I knew who the agent is." In mak- 
ing some inquiry I found there was no agent in the 
church. 

2. The agent should solicit each family personal- 
ly. "Why do you not take the Messenger?" 
" Brother A is our agent, and he never asked me to 
take it." 

3. The elder should encourage the members to 
take the church paper. He should do this (1) at 
council meetings; (2) by referring to some of th 
sayings of the paper occasionally in his sermons 
thus showing the members what they miss by not 
taking the paper; (3) by urging them privately, 
showing them that they may thus become more 
miliar with the doings of the church; (4) by urging 
upon the official body the propriety of their taking 
the Messenger. 

Not long since I was in a church, and in the 
homes of two deacons I was informed (reluctantly) 
by them that they did not take the Messenger. A 
little talk to both of them and they promised to 
take it this year. 

4. Agents should solicit outside of the church. 
Recently, while in conversation with a 'man, he told 
me that he would take the Messenger if asked to. 
The agent was informed, and I trust he was true 
to his word. 



QUERISTS' DEPARTMENT. 

Has a deacon the right to administer the ordinance of bap- 
tism when there are elders and other ministers in the second 
degree present ? — B. L. 

I? done by the counsel of the officials and mem- 
bers present, there might be circumstances under 
which it would be justifiable. The law of expe- 
diency may sometimes settle a matter of this kind. 

Does the singing of choruses come from the same source 
that musical instruments do?— A'. 

Musical instruments antedate the flood, while 
chorus singing probably originated in the early part 
of the sixteenth century. Luther gave it special at- 
tention, and may have been the first preacher to in- 
troduce that method of singing. It soon became 
quite popular among the reformers, and proved a 
great spiritual benefit. 

for laying corner stones in building 

The Scriptures are silent about the laying of the 
corner stones for meetinghouses, as they are also 
silent about the building of the meetinghouses. The 
custom of laying corner stones is very ancient, and 
in a figure is by the Lord applied to his work in the 
creation of the world. Job 38: 4-6. Isaiah (28: 16) 
refers to a precious corner stone in Zion. Christ is 
called the chief corner stone of the church. Eph. 
2: 20. Corner stones in the Scriptures have a spirit- 
ual signification of no small importance. As for 
laying a corner stone in a church wall, it may be 
done, or it may not, depending upon the preference. 
If it is laid, much depends upon the manner and 
purpose. Probably the better way would be to lay 
it quietly as any other part of the foundation. 

Have elders from adjoining churches — not called as a com- 
mittee — a right to vote on charges they helped to frame against 
an accused member?—/. K, 

There might be circumstances in which they 
would be justified in helping to frame a charge, or 
even defending the charge, but no member, official 
or no official, is entitled to a vote in a church coun- 
cil outside of the congregation in which he holds 
his membership. In this instance we refer to the 
principle underlying voting privileges, and not to 
the case referred to by the querist. 



What is to be done with 
of spiritualism, and now 
church? Is it right for h' 
not live with her and yet c 
the Sunday school? — E. P. 



brother who took up the study 
ies to compel his wife to leave the 
to apply for a divorce, as he does 
nes to church to annoy her and 



Fornication is the only scriptural ground on 
which a divorce can be obtained. In the absence of 
this cause the sister must do the best she can until 
death in some manner dissolves the marriage rela- 
tion. They may, however, live separately, and it is 
possibly best that they should under the circum- 
stances. If the man is as described by the querist 
he has no business in the church. 



by another 



A brother violates the law; is seen ir 
brother, who reports him to the grand jury, and he 
pelled to pay a fine. Did the brother do right in reporting his 
brother?— A. B. r » 

In the first place the brother— as the first party — 
had no business to violate the law. In this he did 
wrong. The brother who witnessed the act should 
have gone to him personally, and urged him to 
make the thing right with the authorities. If he 
would not heed the admonition, then the officials of 
the church should have been consulted. In law one 
who has personal knowledge of a crime, and then 
conceals it, in a measure becomes a party to the 
crime. By concealing crimes people sometimes get 
I themselves into a very close place, ' t. H. M. 



Jan. 12, 1901. 



THE GOSPEL IMIIESSEIfcTGOE:]^. 



General Missionary 

...Tract Department, 

OOKHTITEBL, 

O. L, Millie, lUlnoli I S. P. Sanqbb, iadluia 
L.W.TBBTBR, Indiana | A. B. Bahnbait, • Md 



will r 



PREPARATION FOR MISSIONARY 
WORK— WHEN ? 



Circumstances make it a rule Id the church 
that only those who have been called to the 



field. 



1 addition 



i his way, but often help hit 
1 which he is called. 



other line 

Then let every one begin preparation for 
e mission work of the church NOW, and 
ust the future to him who said, " Behold, the 
laborers are few." 

BULSAR NOTES. 



ministry should be sent into the 1 
The reason is apparent, for the 
do all the laymember does, and i 
authorized to preach. 

This beiDg the case, the quest 
some minds, "When should a person begin 
his preparation for the mission work of the 
church?" The short and pointed answei 
" Now, unless preparation has already b> 
began." Of course if the person weighing 
this question is a minister, it is simply sad to 
think that any of bis ministerial life has been 
spent not directly or indirectly in line with 
missions. No wide-awake minister who means 
to keep abreast with the plain teachings of the 
Word of God can do other than be a strong 
advocate of world-wide evangelization. He 
may not like present methods. If this be the 
case, then he should seek a reform that will 
accomplish the one purpose for which he and 
the church of which he is a member, are here 
in the world, — the Gospel to ALL THE 
WORLD. 

It a laymember has been fired up by a de- 
sire to do some missionary work, and he 
knows not how to proceed, the answer 
as applicable to him as it is to the m 
He should begin at once. 

Bat probably the first thought that 
to a young brother is, " I am not in the minis- 
try, and it is not at all probable that I shall be 
called there. I do not want to show the spirit 
of wanting to be in the ministry as some 
have done, much to their own discredit." That 
is a very good feeling for one to have, bat 
not being in the ministry does not keep one 
from preparing for mission work. The minis- 
try, as far as this barrier is concerned, is 
simply the permission to speak publicly one's 
feelings and views. It does not help prepara- 

On the other hand, a proper preparation 
would simply lay the foundation for successful 
work in the ministry when called. 

When Saul was rejected for bis disobedi- 
ence, Samuel said the Lord had found a man 
in the realm that was after his own heart. 
Now David was not born that way,— he trained 
his heart after the Lord, and the Lord, noting 
the bind of a youth he was, selected him for 
Israel's king. And so to-day. If one has an 
idea that he should not prepare for the Lord's 
work until he is called to it, he is decidedly 
wrong in his notion. The best proof of this 
lies in two facts, the invariable lament of 
those called and not prepared, and Christ's 
own teaching. If anyone is t 
a city, it is necessary that he 
so great a work. 

Another point is worthy of notice. Youth is 
the best time to prepare for any life work. 
While the church is to-day calling more young 
men to the ministry than in the times past, 
there are many in the fold who because of sur- 
rounding circumstances may not be called 
until they have reached middle life. If they 
do not prepare in youth the time goes by 
When called they can lament their lack o) 
preparation and bewail the "church's choice,' 
hut that will not compensate. They must 
then do the best they can, and many have dont 
well. But had they turned a part of thei 
time and force in preparat 



We have now been here six weeks and feel 
at home. Things have not been as strange as 
we expected. People have hearts in India as 
well as elsewhere, and in spite of warnings to 
beware of the natives we are not afraid of 
them. We feel safer here than at home. The 
natives look at Americans with a kind of 
reverence. We are busy with Gujarati and 
find it very easy. 

At present we three new missionaries are at 
Bulsar. Bro. Forney's bungalow at Novsari 
is not done. When completed Sister Ebey 
and I expect to live there until we open a new 
station or start upon more active work. Sister 
Miller will remain here. 

We often take an early walk. When we go to 
Bolsar we frequently see lepers by the wayside 
begging. They are objects of pity, but to 1 
gin giving them alms is to open a ceaseless c 
charity. Beggars are nnmerc 
Many who look able to work ask for p. 
ot for caste, Christianity would m; 
rapid strides. This is the curse of the co 
m so and so, and I don't want 
change." But there are just such peoplt 
America. 

A Brahmin connected with the " forestry 
department" has been 
Stover. He is much interested in Christianity 
and also in America. He desires to help bis 
country and deplores her low social condition. 
When told that Christianity is the true secret 
of uplifting womankind he said that was too 
indefinite an answer. We gave him mach in- 
formation regarding the blessings that Christ 
has brought to America. He was surprised 
to know that America has no state religion. 
He knew some of our American weaknesses 
and took delight in telling about our drunken- 
ness, divorces and other sins, but we gave 
him a few things to think about. We shall 
try to watch him. May God help us do him 
good. This Brahmin is twenty-three and was 
married three years ago to a girl who is now 
only thirteen. They do not live together yet. 
She is at home with her father who is a teach- 
er. Child marriage is another evil. 

The children are much like those in Amer- 
ica. There are now over one hundred boys 
and over one hundred girls here. The boys 
like marbles and wrestling. Sometimes they 
become angry and fight. Then they net 
correction. It is a great question how 
manage these boys and girls. If i 
fully solved there is a bright futu 



THE CHINESE LEPER PREACHER. 

The China Medical Missionary Journal 
tells this touching story, showing that the well- 
meant efforts of the most humble in life may 
result in great good: 

Dr. Alfred Hogg, writing from Wenchow, 
says: The results of evangelistic medical work 
in Wenchow are encouraging if numbers is 
When I came out, six years 
ago, the church membership was about 400; 
» over 1,000. I find quite a number of 
nts become regular attenders at serv- 
d not a few have been baptized, even 
pium smokers amongst them. 
The most striking case of blessing through 



-DAILY BREAD- 



the 



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n I first came out, before the hospital was 
built, I began dispensary work in a small 
1 behind our city chapel, along with a 
colleague who could speak the dialect. 

Amongst the patients who came was a man 
from a district about sixty or seventy miles 
away, who had leprosy, the first case I had 
met. We tried various remedies with him 
for a month or two at our expense without 
much success in the way of cure. He im- 
proved very much, however, in general health, 
and was able to resume work, but in a few 
months was back again, run down and 

This went on several times for a period of 
about three years. During his stay 
city, the man became a believer, and 
attended all the services, he gradually picked 
up some knowledge of Christian truth, and 
several times, when the dispensary evangelist 
was absent or late, he began to preach 
out-patients as far as be was able, and seemed 



dye 



erted. 



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helped them the 



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for that which c 
time in the ful 
mistaken and i: 



wrong in quietly preparing 

s called of God to do some 

And if perchance one i: 

ver called, his preparation 



The pupils m 
m " methods. 

Many things 
-e sung over ; 



for th> 

mewhat di 

find a boy suddenly become unruly, who h; 
been trustworthy for months. One great lac 

suitable native teachers, 
learn by the old " repetit 
normal methods are used 

ught in songs. These 

er until learned. 

Bro. Stover was in Bombay over Sunday. 

ie writer gave a short talk in English while 
Sister Stover acted as interpreter. Sunday 
evening he addressed a small English congre- 
gation in the Railway Library Room. Mr. 
Atkins, of Bombay, preaches here regularly, 
but being ill he did not come. 

To-morrow is Thanksgiving Day. We are 
going to Anklesvar to spend the day with 
Bro. McCann's. We have many reasons why 
we should be thankful. Fe 
People here 
Americans do la grippe 



About two years ago, he was again 
Ef to come down to the city for t: 
e was feeling very weak and was quite des- 
tute. He reached the river, but found he 
bad not enough money for his boat hi 
he hoped to get a little assistance from the 
other passengers when they came, The boat- 
men went away to make purchases, and on 
their return discovered his body in the water 
at the side of the boat, drowned. How it 
happened none knew. 

Later on a message was sent down to us 
from his district, informing us of the sad affair, 
and asking for a regular preacher to be sent. 
My colleague went up to enquire into the cir- 
cumstances — to a district he had never pre- 
viously visited— and to his surprise found that 
about eighty people had been coming to service 
for some time, and been taught by the poor 
leper, and another man who was also a Chris- 

So the district, though very out of the way 
and difficult of access, was included in the 
regular church work, and since then the inter- 
est in the " foreign doctrine" has been main- 
tained, and many there are now reckoned as 
believers. 

And we never expected anything from such 

poor, ignorant man who didn't know a char 

acter. But the weak and despised things of the 

world are often most used by God for his 

glory ' <*.■*. 

Paul's missionary labors 
Wherever a consecrated man, inspired by 
Paul's sublime heroism, goes forth with a 
torch into benighted heathenism, Paal still 
dares and suffers and saves. His works do 
follow wherever his spirit animates another. 
Though dead, he still speaks through the voice 
of Pauline missionaries. 

Paul worked as if he believed the salvation 
of the world depended on himself. He in- 
cited bis hearers as if their salvation depend 



■ about the ; 



The dis 



and faults of India 



rly 3 



greatly magnified. Things ar 

had as many think. The diseases of Indn 

a,, greatly due to the almost total disregard 

sanitary laws. All kinds of filth are left to 

"„i«r,n the air. When once the laws of health 

11 be a pleasant, health- 

The country is very beauti- 

Z tali's scenery, and a newcomer finds much 

interest him. 

At present there is but little sickness among 
; missionaries, and we are glad that we are 
,le to do a little. 
Bulsar, India; Nov. 28. 



regarded, India 
f al plac. 



edonthc 






.rking 



/itb fi 
bedn 



andt 
suppli 



bling. Bat fror 

zeal and courage and strength as copiously as 
if he believed that all redemption depended 
on God alone. 

^^ 
(Ilendale, Ariz., sends in a Thanksgiving 
offering and says: "Our drought is broki 
We had a copious rain. People are busy 
seeding. It pats a new face 00 the country, 
The Lord be praised for his goodness and 

The only man who is really rich is the mar 
who is rich toward God. 

•• Ye cannot serve God 
Luke 16: 13. 



Sunday, Jan. 6.— "Whatsoever ye shall 
ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father 
may be glorified in the Son." John 14: 13, 
What a broad promise for the child of God! 
" Whatsoever, whatsoever! " If the Christian 
be in many perils, if he be among false breth- 
ren, if he be surrounded by enemies and death 
stare him in the face, he need but go to the 
Father in the name of Christ, and whatsoever 
he asks that will glorify the Son in the world, 
that he may be assured of even before he 
asks. Like the Hebrew children, it is the 
Lard's pleasure that is sought in this matter, 
and ii In' will he can deliver ui; and thoagh 

; does not deliver us, our faith is unshaken 

Hominy, Jan. 7.— "Let us . . . come 
boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may 
. , , find grace to help in lime of need." 
Heb. 4: 16. This is a precious privilege and 
perhaps the sweeter on a blue Monday than 
on any other day. When depleted in body 
and spirit because of the labors of the Lord's 
Day, as every earnest minister and mission- 
ary must experience, how precious is the press- 
ing invitation that we should come BOLDLY 
to a throne of grace, and our need will be 
supplied, 

Tuesday, Jan. 8.— "The well is deep." 
John 4:11. So the Samaritan woman told the 
Master, She had been drawing her supply of 
water from beneath. It answered her tem- 
poral needs for a time. But there was one 
standing at the well the day she spoke these 
words who told her of fountains of water, not 
from beneath, but from above, that would be 
everlasting. How many are like the woman,— 
seeking inspiration from the waters beneathl 
and how foolish when from above are fountains 
gushing forth with everlasting water that for- 
ever quenches the thirst of him who drinks. 
Look up, brother, sister, and drink from the 
fountains above you, 
Wednesday, Jan. 9- — "Every tree that 
iringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, 
nd cast into the fire." Matt. 3: 10. Indeed, 
here is something for inactive Christians. 
There are those who, if actions are to be the 
judge, think that if they are in the church 
there is no more concern for their salvation. 
They cease to do evil, but tbey fail to be doing 
good. They quit cursing, but they do no pray- 
ing. Tbey do not speak against missions, 
but they do not work for missions. There is 
no security in not bringing forth evil fruit. 
Because the tree brings not forth good fruit It 
is hewn down. 

Thursday, Jan. 10.— "Abide in me, and I 
in you, . . . for without me ye can do noth- 
ing." J°ha 15: 4.5- The Master longs to have 
every one live and move in his very being, 
and he in turn will inspire and directas to each 
life that will do this and in such a way accom- 
plish whatsoever he wills. If we could only 
realize that this close relationship is possible, 
and enter into it fully. If we could only feel 
to a certainty that without him we can do 
nothing, how much more living in Christ 
there would be among men. Here is the 
missionary's strength for all that he does. 
Men may wonder, for they do not understand 
this hidden power. But God has the power 
and the missionary knows its source. 

Friday, Jan. 11.— "Whether . . . ye eat 
or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the 
glory of God." 1 Cor. 10: 31. Many would 
like to be missionaries in the field, but are not 
called. Others would like to go, but their cir- 
cumstances in life will not permit them, Yet 
how comforting to know that the common, 
every-day work of life, which appears to be 
only toiling for earth, may also be toiling for 
heaven— that every day's labor may be a 
round in Jacob's ladder, bringing the weary 
laborer nearer bis God. 

Saturday, Jan. 12.— "God is love; and he 
that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God 
in him." 1 John 4: 16. There is no power in 
the world as strong as the power of love. 
"For God so loved the world" shows how 1 
moved the almighty Fathei 
than this hath no man," s; 
earth, and ye 
that liveth in 
still be on e 
that qaie 



> him, but 



Greater love 

d the Savior on 

showed a greater love. He 

liveth in heaven, though he 

His power over others is 

o force that draws people, 

the Father who loves as do 

It is this same power that 

young c 



to de- 
themselves of Ibe comforts of home and 
the home land to win some heathen to 
Christ. 



THE GOSPEL MBSSEfiTQEBi. 



From Our Correspondents. 



ARIZONA. 

Camp Verde — One more re 
tism. Prospects for the future 
— C. E. Gillette, Dec. 23. 

ARKANSAS. 

St. Francis.— On Christmas 
we listened to an excellent s< 
by our elder, J, H. Neher, whii 
by all. We thought of no betti 
brate the birth of our dear Sav 
ligious worship, We met in r( 
council. Considerable business 
meeting; all passed off quietly 



lived by bap- 
re fairly good 



oA. M„ 
elivered 



, tin 



North Webster, 



All of 



again 



i of Sabbath school. The follow- 

ing'omcers°were elected: Aunt Nannie Neher 
superintendent and the writer assistant and al- 
so church correspondent and clerk; Aunt Nan- 
nie Neher as permanent prayer meeting lead- 
er- Bro. Watts and Bro. J. Miller as home 
and District mission solicitors— D. L. Burns, 
Palestine, Ark., Dec. ,/ 

COLORADO. 
Hotchklss.-Eld. G. E. Studebaker came 
to this place Nov. n and held meetings for 
three weeks. He held meetings one week and 
then rested and spent a few days looking over 
the mountains. Then he began meetings 
continued two weeks more. Our 
j held Dec. 3 All business passed 
off in a brotherly manner, Our love feast was 
Dec. 8. Thirteen members surrounded the 
Lord's table. This place is sadly in need of a 
resident minister— Geo. A. Dove, Dec. 30. 

Rocky Ford. — Wednesday, Dec. 26, the 
church at this place in council assembled de- 
cided to circulate a subscription paper to so- 
licit funds to erect a church building in the 
town of Rocky Ford. It was decided to so- 
licit the city and surrounding country. Friend 
Rennolds and Bro, J. C. Funderburg were ap- 
pointed as solicitors. Also three brethren 
were appointed as a locating committee. Sc 
far the prospects are good, as the city peopls 
are doing well in subscribing. The time set 
for a meeting is Jan. 12, when the locating 
committee and the solicitors will report the 
result of their work— A. H. Hamm, Jan. 1. 
' ILLINOIS. 
Okaw.— The members of the Okaw church 
met in special council yesterday, Dec. 31. 
Important business came befort 
Missionary services were condui 
mas. A collection amounting to $10.25 wal 
taken. — Emma Peterson, Laplace, III., Jan 

INDIANA. 

Ft. Wayne. — Our quarterly council wai 
held Saturday evening, Dec, 29. Our elder, 
Bro. W. R. Deeter, was with us. While much 
business came before the meeting, it was dis- 
posed of in a business way. One letter was 
granted. Our Sunday school was reorganized. 
Bro. Eger was re-elected as superintendent 
and Bro. Colclesser assistant. Bro. Deeter 
preached two sermons for us on Sunday. Our 
Sunday school is growing in interest. We 
now have seven classes. The hall is too small 
for us, and we are gladly looking forward to 
the completion of our house which is now be- 
ing built. We had Christmas exercises by 
the children, composed of recitations anc 
songs, that seemed to be enjoyed by all — 
Clara E. Stauffcr, 1 13 Buchanan St., Jan. I. 

Kewnnna Bro. S. P. Early, of North Man 

Chester, labored earnestly for us from Dec. 2C 



David Rothcnbcrgi 
Ind., Jan. 2. 

Upper Fall Creek.— We met in 
the Upper Fall Creek church Dec. 
the work proved satisfactory. One letter was 
granted, Bro. John Miller was appointed 
agent for the Gospel Messenger, One of 
our elders, Bro. George Painter, is at the point 
of death. He and his wife are both seriously 
sick. Fifty-eight dollars has been sent to 
Bro. John Hoover from four different churches 
when last reported. — Florida J. E. Green, 
Middlctown, Ind., Dec. 29. 

Union Center.— Sunday evening closed a 
one week's series of meetings at this place. 
Sister Susie Shreave, from Michigan, was with 
us, interpreting the sermons for the benefit of 
the mutes in this and surrounding congrega- 
tions. A free-will offering was taken up which 
amounted to five dollars and some cent! 
the support of Sister Shreave, who so eal 
ly labored for us, A number of our young 
left Monday for North Manchester - 

pect to attend school. Our young minister, 
sse Anglemyer, was one of the number. Out 
blind elder, Alexander Miller, is going to 
Walnut, this State, to hold a series of meet- 
ings— Irvin Yoder, Nafipanee, Ind., Dec. 31. 

Wabash.— We met in Sunday-school capac- 
ty at 10 A. M. Subject, " Birth of the Sav- 
ior." Bro, Asa Miller, a student of Manchester 
College, led the song service, who also held a 
short series of singing schools during holiday 
1,— Kiltie A. Hursh, R. R. No. a, Dec. 



I they 



1 Chnil 



Dec. 31. The 



addil 



the 



church, but the members were much encour- 
aged and others resolved to live better lives. 
Bro. Early did his work well.— .S. A. Blessing, 
R.R.No.l.Jan.f. 

Sallmonle church has just closed a series of 
meetings at her Lancaster house, commencing 
Dec. I and continuing for three weeks, clos- 
ing last Sunday evening, Dec. 23. Bro, B. F, 
Honeyman, of Center, Ohio, did the preaching. 
We were surely blessed during our meeting- 
good weather, good roads, large congregations 
from beginning to close. Bro. Honeyman did 
his work well. There were four conversions 
and one reclaimed.— O. C. Ellis, River, Ind., 
Dec. 36. 

Tippecanoe.— On Christmas day a young 
lady who is sick was received into the church 
by confession and baptism. Dec. 26 we be- 
gan a series of meetings which is now in prog- 



IOWA. 

Fredericksburg. — This church began a 
series of meetings and Bible school Dec, 16 
and closed Dec. 30. The class averaged 
about eighteen in number, and the school 
was attended with great interest. Bro. W. 
H. Lichty, of Waterloo, conducted the school. 
There were no additions. We think some 
were made to think of their soul's salvation — 
Bessie Gillam,Jan.3. 

Orcene. — This church met in quarterly 
council Jan. 3. Considerable business came 
before the meeting. The unity and love mani- 
fested show the church to be in good working 
order. We decided to bold a series of meet- 
ings and love feast some time in June. — Anna 
Eikenbcrry, Jan. $. 

Panora Bro. Geo. D. Zollers, of Indiana, 

just closed a series of meetings there with four 
applicants. I arrived home in time to hear 
Bro. F. M. Wheeler's Christmas sermon at 
Panora. It was good. He will stay a while 
with us.— J. D. Haughtelin, Dec. 25. 
KANSAS. 
Gypsum. — The dedication of the new 
church at Holland, Kans., will be held on the 
third Sunday of January, Igol, at II o'clock A. 

The sermon will be preached by Bi 
E. Arnold.— John Manon, Dec. 31. 

Redfleld.— We met yesterday at 10 A 
Our elder, E. M. Wolf, was present and gave 
us very good admonitions. We reorganized 
our Sunday school by electing Sister Lib 
Davies superintendent and Bro. Ed. Crum- 
packer assistant. A pleasant feeling pre- 
vailed. Four letters were given. — A. C. 
Numer, Dec. 25. 

MICHIGAN. 
North Star.— The members of this cbnrch 
were made to rejoice at our regular preaching 
service yesterday, when one dear young sou 
ten years of age resolved to walk with thi 
people of God. And to-day, although the 
weather was cold and snowing, tb 
broken and she was buried with Chr: 
tism.—/. F. Sherrick, Ithaca, Mich., Dec. 31. 
MISSOURI. 
Oak Orove church met in council last Sat- 
urday, with Eld. J. E. Ellenberger presiding. 
Brethren Macey and Clemens, of Ray County, 
were with us. Bro, M. E. Stair was advanced 
to the full degree of the ministry. He and his 
companion were duly installed. We meet for 
worship every first, third and fifth Lord's day, 
at II A, M.— Alice Ellenberger, Polo, Mo., Dec. 



istmas We are a small body here, and 
rly all are in very limited circumstances 
ncially.— S. M. Neher, Perth, N. Dak., 

D ' Cl6 - NEBRASKA. 

Falls City. — Dec. 23 we began holding 
meetings in the Falls City church Nebr,, con- 
tinaing until Dec. 3°. preaching ten sermons. 
Owing to the fact that there are close to the 
Brethren's chnrchhouse several other houses 
of worship, some of which it is said do not 
allow their members to attend other rehgi 
worship than their own, and the many places 31 
of amusements so common during the hoi: 
days, oar congregations were rather srnal 
We had intended to continue the meetings 
until Jan, 5 or later, but on account of ill 
health we had to close Dec. 37. We found at 
Falls City a band of loving Brethren earnestly 
striving to hold up the standard of truth. 
Here as at Rock Creek church, Kansas, they 
are in need of ministerial help. Bro. Wra. 
Mohler, who lives six miles away, is their only 
help. The Brethren here are very liberal 
with the things that God has given them. 
Brethren, some of yon who live where the 
ministerial bench is crowded every Sunday al- 
most, would do well to scatter out a little, and 
locate where the talent that now lies dormant 
so much of the time can be a blessing to 
Christ and the church.— Jas. A. Stouder, 20 
Commercial St., Emporia, Kans., Jan, 4. 

Juniata.-We met in council Dec. 31. Bro. 
J. B. Moore accepted the eldership of this 
church and presided over the meeting. All 
business passed off in a pleasant manner. It 
was decided to have preaching services both 
morning and evening and a young people's 
meeting on Sunday evening before preaching. 
A teachers' meeting was also appointed on 
Friday evening at the meetinghouse. One has 
been reclaimed and one received by letter 
since our last report.— Bertie L. Smith, Jan. 



Jan. 12, 1901. 



thy and influential Christian workers 

■e very near the church. During the meet- 

E s which some thought cioaed too soon, one 

as reclaimed. Three young people united 

itb the church by baptism and the members 

ere greatly strengthened and encouraged 

Our elder, Tobias Kreider, was not permitted 

n d many of these meetings, because of 

>rious illness of Sister Kreider. Red 

and Painter Creek each have a class in 

music from " Gospel Songs and Hymns 

'—Levi Minnich, Greenville, Ohio, Dec. 



OKLAHOMA TERRITORY. 

Bethany.— The first Saturday in January 



be just c 



;il. On that date 
rold. W< 






:pecting sever- 

and strengthen us still 
desirous of changing 
write us.—/. L. Teeter, 



Wood River.— Bro. S. Z. Sharp, 
burg, Mo„ has just closed a three 
meeting at this place. There were m 
sions, yet we feel that the good seed has been 
Dme has fallen on good ground 
luch strengthened by the truth! 
that were presented. — Lottie P. Snavely, 
Kearney, Nebr., Jatt.J. 

OHIO. 
Dayton.— Dr. A. S. Rosenberger preached 
for us on Dec. 30, at 10: 30, and Eld. J. W. 
Beeghly in the evening at 7: 30.— Elmer Worn- 
bold, 17 Farley St., Dec, 31. 

Donnel's Creek.— The members convened 
in quarterly council Dec. 2g. All business 
was transacted promptly and pleasantly. Bro. 
Wm. Barnhart is conducting two vocal music 
classes in the diatrict. Eld. Geo. S. Arnold, of 
West Virginia, is to conduct a series of meet- 
ings in the country house, beginning Jan. 12 
Eld. Albert Wright, of North Manchester 
Ind., is to be with ub in New Carlisle in Febru- 
ary.— .Em»z<i Wine, Springfield, Ohio, R. R. 
No. 2, Dec. 2Q, 

Greenville. — Last spring a dime was given 
to each pupil of our four younger Sunday 
school classes for investment in whatever they 
wished, the receipts to be used for missionary 
purposes. Over fifty dimes were thus invested, 
and to-day we were gladly surprised to learn 
that these little folks had raised about fifty 
dollars from their investment. This, with the 
general collection held after our missionary 
nted to eighty-one dollars 
cents.— Levi Minnich, Dec. 31. 









NORTH DAKOTA. 

Turtle Mountain.— We met for publi 
ship on Thanksgiving and had an interesting 
sermon by Bro. Noah Ritzins. A collection 
was taken, amounting to S3.60. Three dollars 
of this was applied to Messenger Poor fund. 
Our quarterly council was held Dec. 22. Our 
presiding elder, Bro. J. L. Thomas, was not 
present. We also had preaching 



Greensprings. — Oar series of meetings, con- 
ducted by Bro. S. P. Berkeybile, closed last 
evening with the best of interest. Sunday 
.orning, instead of the review in Sunday 
school, we bad a talk to the children by our 
brother. We rejoice with the angels that four 
precious souls accepted Christ as their Savior. 
The members were encouraged. No one can 
say our young brother did not discharge his 
duty.— Annie W. Light, Old Fort, Ohio, Dec. 
3*< 

Oran. — We are now in the midst of a very 
interesting series of meetings, Two wandering 
souls have returned to the fold. Bro. J. W. 
Rairick does not shun to declare the whole 
truth of the Gospel in its primitive purity,— 
Mary Hoover, Jan. 2. 

Pitsburg. — Bro. Jacob Coppock began 
preaching for us Dec. 15 and continued until 
Dec. 30, delivering twenty-three instructive 
sermons. It seems many souls that would 



more. Any mernbe: 
locations will do well to 
Terlton, Okta., Dec. 24. 

Clarkson. — The Mission Board of Okla- 
homa and Indian Territory met in the Mount 
Hope church Dec. 29. There is a grand work 
being done in the District and many are com- 
ing to the fold. All the workers report a 
grand ingathering and many are being bap- 
tized. The work in Guthrie, at the mission 
is very prosperous at present, under the 
gement of Bro. Smith. He has just closed 
es of meetings in that place with good 
ts. The Mission Board have secured 
Bro. Smith and his wife for this year. The 
ag of the Mission Board will be 
held in Guthrie on the first Saturday in May.— 
J. H. Cox, Secretary of Mission Board, Jan. 4. 
Guthrie.— Bro. A. J. Smith came to us Dec. 
S. He commenced on the evening of Dec. 9 
and continued till Dec. 28, preaching twenty- 
three sermons. He held one Sunday-school 
meeting, gave two addresses to the Sunday 
schools, attended ten cottage social meetings 
and made some forty calls from house to 
house. Five dedicated their lives to our 
blessed Redeemer. Two were baptized. 
Three that bad wandered away turned back to 
the fold. Dec. 28 Eld. Jacob Appleman and 
Bro. Ananias Neher came to our assistance 
for the purpose of organizing a church in 
Guthrie. The organization being completed, 
Jacob Appleman was chosen as elder of our 
church. We have secured a house for the 
ue being and will have preaching the first 
d third Sunday of each month, and Sunday 
school and Bible reading every Sunday. Dec. 
30 we reorganized our Sunday school with J. 
H. Neher as superintendent and J. S. Harton 
az assistant. The attendance and interest 
were excellent during the meeting. We num- 
ber about forty members. This is known as 
the Guthrie Mission church.— Hannah Neher, 
Dec. 31. 

Meno.— After closing my meetings near 
Byron, Okla,, I made a visit to Pratt County, 
Kansas, to the old neighborhood, where I held 
nearly a week's meetings with crowded house 
and good interest, with some almost persuad- 
ed. Then I returned home Dec. 13 and rested 
one week. Then I went in the Pleasant Plain 
congregation, near Augusta, and began a 
meeting on Dec. 22 and closed Dec. 30. I was 
called home in the midst of an interesting 
meeting. Four came out on the Lord's side. 
Two were baptized and one could not be. 
The other one will be baptized in the near 
fntnre. Could we have continued the meet- 
ing others would have joined in with us. — N. 
F. Brubaker,Jan. 1. 

Mt. Hope.— The Mission Board of Okla- 
homa met at this place Dec. 29. Some of the 
brethren remained over Sunday, preaching 
for us Saturday evening, Sunday and Sunday 
evening, giving us many encouraging words. 
Sister Ada Highland, who has been afflicted 
for some months, was anointed Sunday after- 
noon. We have prayer meeting every Sunday 
evening before preaching. We use " Gospel 
Songs and Hymns No. i."—W. R. Brubaker, 
Acton, Okla., Dec. 30. 

Oak Grove.— Bro. Appleman, of Clarkson, 
held a short series of meetings. He com- 
menced Dec. 16 and continued till Dec. 25. 
On Sunday, Dec. 23, he preached a missionary 
sermon and took up a collection of ten dollars. 
On Christmas day he preached at eleven. Aft- 
er dinner we had children's meeting. The 
meetings were enjoyed by all,— Calista Red- 
mon,Dec.3i. 

PENNSYLVANIA. 
Big Swatara. — Eld. H. E. Light came to 
the Lower Paxton church Dec. 15 and re- 
mained until Dec. 27. He preached fifteen 



Jan. 12, 1901. 



THE gospel iN£:Ess:Ei<ra-:E:R.. 



for us. Eld. Benjamin Masterson 
held a two weeks' aeries of meetings at the 
Linglestown chapel. Two were called to fol- 
low Jesus. These meetings began Dec. 1. — 
Dorothy J. Aungst, Hoemerstown.Pa ,Dec. 28. 
Codorus. — Dec. 22 Bro. Isaac Riddlesber- 
ger, of Quincy, Pa., came to us and began a 
series of meetings at the Pleasant Hill house. 
The meetings closed Dec. 30. Twelve sermons 
were preached. The meetings were well at- 
tended. Quite an interest was manifested by 
the members and others. The result of the 
meeting was that two youug persons were 
baptized. Others are near the kingdom.— 
George K. Sweitser, Graydon, Pa., Dec. 31, 

Conestoga. — Last Saturday, Dec. 29, we 
met in council. Eld. I. W. Taylor presided. 
The council was well attended. We elected 
our Sunday-school officers for the coming 
year. Bro. Samuel R. Wenger was elected 
superintendent and brethren Hershey Groff 
and John Good assistant superintendents. 
We also held an election for minister and 
deacon. Bro. John G. Grabill was elected to 
the ministry and Bro. Mahlon Myer to the 
office of deacon. Sister Royer, wife of the 
writer, who was not present at his advance- 
ment to the second degree of the ministry, 
was received into her office. — Abram H. 
Royer, Ephrata, Pa., Jan. 4. 

Duncan ville.— Our regular correspondent 
from this church having moved away over a 
year ago and there being no report from our 
church during this time I now submit the fol- 
lowing: We had meeting every two weeks, 
and in the fall of 1809 there was a request for 
preaching every Sunday, so that the Sunday 
school would be conducted during the winter. 
Bro. Brice Sell consented, and with the assist- 
ance of Bro. L. B. Benner has been keeping ii 
up ever since, and in the fore part of the sea 
son conducted a series of meetings and held 2 
joint Sunday-school convention with the Al 
toona and Roaring Spring churches, which wai 
largely attended, good interest manifested and 
many excellent suggestions given. The 
church has been revived and placed in good 
working order. Six precious souls have bee: 
received by baptism and two reclaimed and 
other lasting work has been done. The old 
folks' home is now being supported again and 
both home and foreign mission belter support- 
ed than heretofore, Brethren Brice, Jame; 
and David Sell, and Bro. Michael Claar were 
with us on Sunday. Bro. Brice Sell has re- 
turned from Waynesboro, where he closed 3 
very successful meeting. Bro. Michael Claai 
opened a series of meetings Christmas eve 
We reorganized our Sunday school. Bro, 
Brice Sell consented to continue the meeting 
every Sunday during the year 1901. All rx 
tering brethren traveling this way, please stop 
with as.— Wm. E. Hoover, Beryl, Pa., Dec. 26. 

Elkllck.— The church met in quarterly 
council Dec. 29. Considerable business ( 
before the meeting. Bro. J. W. Peck 
with us and assisted in the council. During 
the year 1900 three were added to the church 
by baptism, one reclaimed. We lost four by 
death and five letters were granted.— W, A 
Gaunt, Jan. 1. 

Loysburg.— We are at present in the midsl 
ofavery interesting series of meetings held by 
our home ministers, Wm. Ritchey doing most 
of the preaching. Attendance good. Four 
dear young sisters were received by baptism. 
These meetings are held at the Koons church. 
—Jacob S. Guyer, Dec. 24. 

Manor. — On Christmas we met at Crooked 
Creek church for preaching in the forenoon. 
We were richly addressed by our young broth- 
er, James Widdowson, from Juniata College. 
He showed the difference between a festal 
day and a worship day on Christmas. In the 
afternoon we held a church council trying to 
promote the cause of Christ by better plans 
for church and Sunday-school work. A mo- 
tion was made for more help in the ministry, 
also to help those now engaged to acquire 
more knowledge by holding up their hands iD 
Bible study.— Lizzie Swartz, Purchase Line, 
Pa., Dec. 27. 

New Enterprise.— Bro. Jacob Blough, from 
Huntingdon, Pa,, spent his holiday vacatii 
our community. He preached a number of 
interesting discourses while here. We still 
have a good many sick people— mostly fever, 
Our aged Swiss brother has lost in a few 
months his wife, his son, his son's wife, a 
married daughter and a little adopted child ; 
Edith Eversole, of diphtheria. —E. A. Rep- 
^gle, Jan, 3. 



Scalp Level — My two weeks' session of 

nging-school work at this place closes this 

veniug. The class numbers eighty-two. My 

work with the Brethren here has been very 

enjoyable to me, and my hope is that it may 

rove profitable to them. 1 was veiy kindly and 

imfortably entertained and made to feel that 

y efforts to promote the cause of sacred song 

nong them were appreciated. Next week I 

cpect tobegin a two weeks' session at the Ber- 

key church, about four miles from here. — Wm. 

Beery, Dec. 2Q. 

SOUTH DAKOTA. 

Willow Creek Bro. Beaver came to us 

ec. handheld meetings till Dec. 24— eight 

>od sermons. We are thirty-five miles east 

of Willow Creek church. There are eight 

mbers here. One was baptized, son of the 

ter, ten years old, which made our hearts 

nice. There were others made to feel the 

need of the Savior. We were sorry Bro. Beav- 

could not stay longer. Our Sunday school 

,s organized Nov. 4. Good attendance 

od interest prevails. First Sunday school by 

the Brethren in this part. Methodist Sunday 

school three miles east of us closed about Nov 

4 for the winter. We are only waiting for thi 

time when Bro, Beaver can come with his big 

tent and give us just what we need.—/. M. 

Pease, Detroit, S. Dak., Dec. 37. 

TENNESSEE. 

Meadow Branch.— Dec. 30 Bro Jacob Wine 

and Bro. Wm. Williford, of Jefferson County, 

Tennessee, came to our church and preached 

the Gospel in its ancient purity. Eighteen ser 

mons were preached; the church was spirit 

ually strengthened, Five came out on th< 

Lord's side and were baptized. This is thi 

only meeting of the kind we have had fo 

about a year. We are in hopes that thi 

Brethren will visit us again before long.— 

John B. Murray, Granger, Granger County, 

Tenn.,Dec.30. 

VIRGINIA. 
Llnvllle Creek.— This church met in c 
cil Dec. 29. Much business was done, s 
ingly satisfactory to all.— J. M. Zigler, Dec. 29. 
Mill Creek.— We met in council Dec. 29, 
Much business was disposed of. One letter 
was granted and two were received by lettei 
We changed the time of annual visit from 
April to August. We decided to hold a £ 
of meGtings in May. — Samuel Pence, Scotts 
Ford, Va.,Dec.3l. 

Tit. Vernon. —The Brethren met in regul; 
quarterly council Dec. 22. The business of 
the day was pleasantly disposed of. A vot« 
was taken and it was decided not to close ou. 
Sunday school, but make it evergreen. At thi 
close of the meeting a collection was takei 
for World-wide and District missions, amount 
ing to So. 50 for each.— S. I. Flory, Stuarts 
Draft, Fa., Dec. ay. 

Pleasant Valley.— Our church met in conn 
cil to-day and all business was transacted in 1 
Christian spirit. Bro. George Wine, of Sang 
erville, Va„ held a series of meetings for m 
sometime ago and two were baptized as ar 
immediate result, but the good seed was sowr 
and as a result of that there were four mort 
baptized on Cbrismasday— Samuel A. Driver, 
Weyers Cave, Va„ Dec. 31. 

Staunton.— We had our Christmas 
cises Christmas day. A good number of the 
children were present. Onr program consisted 
of recitations by the children, addresses bj 
several of the teachers and singing. Then 
were several prizes given for best recitation; 
and attention in class, Candy and orange: 
were given to every member of the school. Ar 
"Oxford Teachers' Bible" was given by thi 
superintendent to the scholar who was presen 
the most Sundays during the year. Bro. J. M 
Mohler, of Lewistown, Pa., will commence % 
series of meetings here in a few weeks. Bro 
Peter Garber, of Weyers Cave, preached for u: 
Dec. 30.—/, P.Jordan, Dec. 31. 



CORRESPONDENCE 



Notes from Florida. 

Some of the Messenger readers know that 
the majority of the members in northern Flori- 
da have left here, and gone back to the North, 
or into other States in the South. The heavy 
freezes of the past two winters have so para 
lyzed orange and lemon growing that peoph 



ire afraid to enter into that line of industry. 
1'et the groves which were sufficiently pro- 
ected to save the buds are putting up fine 
young trees, coming from the old stocks. If 
there should be no more freeze for a few years 
the people of northern Florida will be enjoy- 
ng their oranges as of old. 

The freeze not only affected the orange busi- 
ness, but spiritual trees are frosted too. This 
ieeras to be pretty general,— so I learn. Some 
seem to think the late campaign had some- 
thing to do with this spiritual stagnation. 
Dec. 29 we held a council meeting in the 
ne Grove church. Bro. J. N, Overhultz was 
advanced to the second degree of the ministry. 
Bro. Edmund H. Teeter was called to the office 
of deacon. Our meetings here have been at- 
tended beyond our expectation. We will 
close this week and move to Keuka- We aim 
to reach Wabasso, Fla., Jan. ig. Wabasso is 
on the India River and a little over two hun- 
dred miles south of here. The members who 
are true to Bible principles are deserving 
great credit. Those who live in large congre- 
gations can have but a very faint conception of 
what those have to encounter who live isolated 
as these do here. The Lord bless them I 

A. Hutchison. 



Many teachers do not look into the Bible 
from one Sunday to another, and are not ac- 
quainted with its doctrine. It should be 
to the young. Parents 
should co-operate with the teacher in impress- 

g early the doctrine of the Bible. 

" How can we Get our Brethren and Sisters ' 

1 Sunday school? " 

Never by scolding or cold treatment. Make 
the Sunday school devotional, interesting, in- 
structive,— a teaching agency. All should 
feel that the Sunday school is the church at 
rk and that there is work for all. Invite 
them kindly. 

The Benefits of Our Reading Circle." 
a it we have many of the crystallized 
thoughts of the age. The idea that many are 
engaged in the same line stimulates us to read 
more. The Circle is educational, gives train- 
ing in reading. We should learn to read 
more,— should love to read, It cultivates mis- 
sionary sentiment, We need that to make our 
work in the Sunday school more effectual, 
Read, read; read systematically something 
good— Bible, Messenger, Circle and other 
good books. 

I to Profit by this Sunday School 



Report of the Sunday-School Meeting 

ol the Southern District of 

Pennsylvania. 

This meeting was held at York Dec. 26 anc 
27, 1900, After appropriate song and devo 
tional service suitable officers were elected 
All were made to feel at home by a fitting ad 
dress of welcome, The meeting then began 

" What has our Sunday school Done am 
what Should it do for the Brotherhood? " 

It has, where properly conducted, been th 
means of bringing souls to Christ, Where w 
have a prosperous Sunday school we have 
prosperous church. Childhood is the time t 
instruct impressively. Children are born int 
the world with a mind blank as a white sheet- 
ready for impressions. In the Sunday school 
is a good place to make them properly. I 
not only brings old and young to Christ, but i; 
a means of keeping them there, 

" How can we Obtain the most Efficient am 
Consecrated Sunday School Workers? " 

We should use the same care that we d( 
when selecting ministers. The church should 
select officers and teachers, and not entrust a 
matter so important to children incompetent 
to judge. Where possible, the Sunday school 
Bhould have a class especially fitted to 
train young men and women for this great 
work, We must have willing workers, This 
means consecration, God only can give it, A 
fully consecrated teacher will meet his cla: 
every Sunday. 

"The Effect of Song Service in Sunday 
School." 

It gives inspiration to all; it prompts 
action. It is the motive power of the Sunday 
school, as indispensable as angelic song in 
heaven. Sing more and better, and your Sun- 
day school will prosper accordingly. 

"How can We Encourage the Superinten 
dent? " 

By prompt attendance. Select a song, 
speak to strangers, suggest ideas of improve- 
ment and do not become offended if he can- 
not accept them. Pray for him; speak to him 
encouragingly. Always be at your post, jusl 
as you expect him to be prompt at every Sun- 
day school. He is the engineer; you should 
fire, draw the brake or help the passengers 

" Is ' I have Enough to do' a Legal Exc 
from Sunday School Work? " 

Not in the Lord's sight, Those who are 
in sympathy with the work are likely to be too 
busy to attend. " Enough to do " is simply 
other name for indifference, 

" How can we best Trainour Boys and Girls in 
the Sunday School, in order that They may Get 
a Comprehensive Knowledge of the Bible? 

Teachers must know the Bible before they 
can teach it. Teach in such a way that youi 
pupils will get familiar with the Bible by each 
having one and using it in class. Illustrat 
lessons and teach them connectedly. Leav 
helps at home. 

" How can a Teachers' Meeting be Mad 
Profitable, Interesting and Permanent? " 

By going every time with a well-prepared 
lesson. By going in earnest with a desire 
learn. By fully appreciating its worth. 

" Shall we Teach Doctrine to the Small 
Scholars?" 



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M„g?" 



I gIV 



Many of our earnest workers were present 
to add to the usefulness and share the bless- 
ings of this spiritual feast, departing with the 
deep conviction that we cannot afford to miss 
these good meetings. J. G. Miller, Sec. 



Prom Kansas City, Kane. 

During November we held thirty-two meet- 
ings, including a short series, and meetings 
each Sunday evening at our mission building 
on the South Side, five prayer meetings, four 
young people's meetings and eight Sunday 
schools. During this month over one hundred 









Duiing December we held seventeen preach- 
ag services, ten Sunday schools, six prayer 
leetings, five young people's meetings and 



One 



tie.] 



were received by letter. During this time we 
were helped by visits and preaching by Jo- 
seph Amick, D, M. Mohler, Bro, Dagget and 
D, A, Crist. Also over last Sunday the Mission 
Board of Northeastern Kansas was with us, 
taking a personal observation of the work 
here. In the morning C. H. Sargent preached 
for us at the church, and in the evening on the 
South Side and Bro. I. L, Hoover at the 

On Saturday evening, at 8 P. M,, was our 
quarterly council. Bro. Hoover presided. 
Bro. Arthur Brubaker was advanced to the 
second degree of the ministry by the unani- 
mous voice of the church, At our mission 
Sunday school on the fourth Sunday of Decem- 
ber we had one hundred and eight, and would 
have many more had we a larger room. Look- 
ing to that end, there will be a citizens' meet- 
ing the evening of Jan. 8, to try to raise funds 
for the building of a larger building, 

I. H. Crist. 

18 South Mill St., Jan. 4. 



Prom Chicago, III. 

The month has been one of unusual activity, 
A three weeks' series of meetings, resulting in 
four conversions and baptisms, Christmas 
program, and several illustrated lectures filled 
the month. We are glad to announce that our 
late series of meetings was attended with the 
greatest numbers and interest of any ever 
held in this church. W. R. Miller. 

466 fackson Boulevard, Jan. 1. 



Prom Dryden, Ark. 

I did not do as much work the past month 
as 1 had hoped to, but the Lord's blessing at- 
tended what was done. Dec. 22 I went to 
Richwoods, Jackson County, to hold some 
meetings; but the weather proved so unfavor- 
able that but little could be done. We were 
made to rejoice, however, in performing the 
formal part in the restoration of one dear 
brother to fellowship in the church. 

As I am teaching this winter I am not ex- 
pecting to do much preaching until spring 
opens up, From December to April is usually 
very rainy in this country, so that one labors 
{Concluded on last page.) 



rnifiiiz gospel iMiESSEittfa-Ei:^. 



Jan. 12, igoi. 



Prom Sisters' Missionary Society, <3er- 
mantown (Philadelphia), Pa. 

In taking a retrospective view of the work 
of the Lord entrasted to our care at this 
place, we have many things to be thankful 
for. Oar numbers are few and funds small, 



hrfL'.-l 



rand needy 



to alleviate the condition of the p 
have been abundantly blessed. Our sister, 
Hannah Britton, eighty years of age, ia an in- 
spiration to younger ones. The many gar- 
ments produced by her industry prove her to 
be a veritable Dorcas. Although living far 
away, the deepest snows of winter do not pre- 
vent her from cheering us with her presence. 

The cast-off clothing sent us has made many 
hearts glad. During the five years of our 
labor we have made the following distribu- 
tions: twoboxeato the Chicago Mission; two 
boxes to the Baltimore Mission; one box to the 
Brooklyn Mission; one box to the Washington 
Mission; one box to the Manheim Home for the 
aged; one box to the Philadelphii 



Society. We alBo ! 



don 



i the Ge 



i Hospital and to the colored poor of 
Chambersburg, Va. 

Mrs. K. S. Bradshaw, Pres., 
Mrs. G. N. Falkknstein, Sec. 
6611 Gcrmantown Ave., Dec. 26, 

Prom Des Moines, Iowa. 

I left South Bend, Ind., Dec. 3, en route 
to Des Moines City for the purpose of con- 
ducting a series of meetings at this mission 
point. Eld. H. R. Taylor, whom I have known 
for many years, is appointed by the State Mis- 
sion Board of Middle Iowa to serve as the 
minister at this place. Bro. Hoff, who has 
been for the last few years engaged in college 
work at North Manchester, Ind., once operated 
in his ministerial capacity here; and Eld. 
George Shamberger, who now has the over- 
sight of the Dillas Center church, also spent 
a period of time in building up the cause in 
this stirring city of the West. It is attached 
to the Des Moinea Valley church, and is under 
of Eld. Samuel M. Gough- 



I have been especially i 
labors here, — not alone be 
in-law and daughter anc 



ested during 

n residing here, 
but owing to the sanguine exertions of othi 
whom I have so long known in life, and many 
too, with whom 1 have formed an acquaint 
since I came here. I shall not soon forge 
little chapel and the earnest attendants each 
evening, as we met to engage in the devotional 



Near the holidays is 
lend attraction in a ci 
some were necessitated 
during the week becai 
business, which they c 



age. But, dear Brethn 
able to God for these 1 
onal government. V 
contemporaries and 
children who may survi 
appreciate our present 
itianity only as we 
1 earthly treasur 
spiritual government i: 



are debtoi 
posterity, 



may utilize our God- 
this favored land of 



nrk 



I Des 



(De. 



:onciuded my mini 
es last Sunday eveni 

a protracted effort in the Des Moines 
Valley church last evening (Dec. 25). After 
ching the end of my period of labor here, 
rxpect, the Lord willing, to make brief 
its — comparatively 



1; Dallas Center 
is City, Chicago 



Panther, Yale, 
Batavia, Elgin, 
G. D. Zolle 



De: 



Death of Eld. David Smith. 

ipe saint has been gathered into the 
r of glory, at 5 P. M., Dec. 24, 

senior elder, David Smith, whose home 
[Union Deposit, made bis exodus from 
and entered the gates of pearl. He was 

eighty-third year. An earnest, faithful 



, and a iudic 



eldu 



Da 



hurch, three 



d Dec. 28 at 

tiles north of Union Deposit 

Cor. 15: 58, by elder J. H 

Longanecker and Eld. J. H. Witmer anc 

Adam J. Shope. The preaching waa practi- 

1, piercing, and powerful. It presented th 

eal Christian. C. H. Balsuaugh. 

Union Deposit, Pa., Dec. 31. 



Our Work In the Church. 

happy with the thought that oni 
more active in church work, such 
the general Brotherhood, 



Our 



: after the Annual 
: all heard from the meetii 
see in some of the State Di 
s are published inside of a few 
ibers do not need to wait < 
n the meeting. I am happy ' 
Publishing House has amp 



willing t 



every effort to get 

ime if only sent in, 

J. H, Miller. 



othe 



1 that 



1 Israel 



There ia, perhapi, — 

capable of more good then a properly edited 

church paper. It brings comfort an J ™ 

jn to the aged fathers and mothers 

brightens the paths of the young; it cheers 

the weary on hia way; it often brings light out 

f darkeneas to the seeker after trnth; it 

leads and directs the footsteps of the lost out of 

by and forbidden paths into the glorious light 

d liberty of the Gospel. In many instances 

brings the prodigal to himself and gives 

light flashes to numberleas hosts oat on the 

iy sea of life. 

ao can comprehend or estimate the good 
iy do ir. making its weekly visits to per- 
haps twenty or thirty thousand homes, bring- 
ts messages of peace and good will to 
Don't neglect to subscribe for, and 
read, your church paper. B. W. Bixler. 
East Akron, Ohio, Dec. 10. 



Special to Ministers. 

I would like to correspond with some good 
:tive minister of the Brethren church who 
is no home of his own, one who is full of 
al for the Master's service, who is willing to 
;vote his Sundays to the preaching of the 
Word. 1 have an offer to make to sach a 
We have a prosperous country and 
plenty of good water, and a large field of la- 
bor, but we are in great need of more laborers 
for the Master. R. M. Owen. 

Pilxer, Custer Co., Okla., Dec. sjj. 



they 












gathering interesting, one not soon to be for- 
gotten by children or by officers of the school. 
At 10: 30 A. M. we met for exercises. The 
meeting was opened by the superintendent, 
M. C. Flobr, after which a number of the chil- 
dren recited some short and interesting selec- 
tions and the infant class sang a few appropri- 
ate hymns. To hear these dear little ones so 
brave in their way of singing was very impres- 



\\v 



with us brethren J. 
and T. J. Kolb, of 
:ssed the school, fol- 



R. Flohr, of Pennsylvani; 
Maryland, who also addr 
lowed by our home ministering brethren, J. A. 
Garber and Albert Hollinger. After this a 
llection was taken which amounted to $4.00. 
The school was made happy by first giving 
afterwards receiving. Before dismissing, 
each child was called up to a table to receive 
little gift, which had been previously ar- 
anged by the officers of the school. How 
oese little faces shone for joy and gratitude, 
'ruly the same spirit which 1900 years 
go caused the angels to sing seemed to quick- 
n every heart with good will to others at the 
pproach of this hallowed time, Christmas. 

Carrie A. Westergren. 
401 Eleventh St., S. E. 



From Colorado. 



difficult period t< 
niasion; and whil 
absent themselve 
of the pressure 
1 not avoid, yet at 
the same time there was no abatement in the 
interest of those who attended and during each 
Sunday those emerging from the business 
strain swelled our number to greater propor- 

Four persons having presented themselves 
for admission into the church deepened the 
devotion and raised the tone of rejoicing. 1 
sensibly realized that my efforts were strongly 
supported by the earnest endeavors of the 
previous workers, as well as the encourage- 
ment afforded by those present toilers and the 
reinforcements that came from the adjacent 
churches. May God bless each and every 
one for the adaptation to the various phases of 
the momentous work and the -aid so timely 
proffered. God only knows the heartaches, 
anxieties and tears of the founders and pri- 
mary workers of city missions. The interven- 
ing periods of sorrow and perplexity but be- 
token the birthday of increase and joy. 

We must turn our attention to the cities. 
The ever-restless popul; 
tions like charging hosts 
and if we fail to inculcat 
principles within th 



We have moved from near Pueblo, Colo., to 
Lajunta (pronounced LaHunta), same State. 
March I we aim to move to Holbrook Valley, 

iur address will remain the same. 

e have twelve members in this city and 



Locating In the South. 

FROf-Tobservation along the line I feel as if 
a littleadvice might be helpful to those coming 
to this part or other parts of the South. As a 
rule when members locate any pi; 
want preaching. How to supply this 
ing is the question with us who a 
With our present limited number of 
we have all, and more than, we can 
would like to do, the members beinj 
tered. The most plausible plan see 
that of colonization, or locating with 
already here. If possible bring you- 
along with you. 

As to difference in the prospects of any par- 
ticular section, that depends mainly upon the 
business contemplated. There are evident- 
ly some fine openings in this country for men 
in the various callings of life, but not a great 
ny advantages in favor of one section above 
another; hence it is suggested that when com- 
ing south you locate among the members al- 
ready here and help ua build up churches 
e we have already small beginnings. 
Then from these nuclei we can go out and pos- 

ss the land. B. E. Kesler. 

Dryden, Ark., Dec, 27, 



and 



re not far away. W 

uraging. 

naking his home wil 

ice. Eld. G. E. Stud 



suburbs 

contemplate holding 
The outlook seems ei 
Eld. J. J. Hoover i 
his son Frank of this 
baker, of Rocky Ford, and the writer anointed 
our afflicted brother a few days since, He 
has been treated for cancer of face for* the 
past two years and a half and he seems neai 
his end. He has had unceasing pain all this 
time, but he is atrong in the faith of the Gos 
pel and expects a painless life in the bright 
world beyond. To make his life 



his 



die 






are changing posi- 
the shock of battle, 
ur blood-purchased 

bearing the gos- 
be lost. 
ts deep, rich and 



pel banner is concern: 
The rural landscape 
fertile soil, pours into the farmer's bin; 
and garners the annual copious yields, oc- 
casioning wealth and prosperity, and afford 
ing the push to building and enterprise, the 
growth of cities, manufacturing establish 
ments, railway systems and popular agrandize 
ment all over our continent. Our fraternity, 
too, becomes enriched by the facilities of the 



nearly blind the last fifteen or twenty yeai 

Laborers are few in this western country, 
and we much regret to lose sach an able work' 
er. Granville Nevinger. 

Dec. 24. 

Church Paper. 

Through the kindness and courtesy of my 
friend, Jacob Mishler (now deceased), of 
Springfield township, Summit County, Ohio. I 
have had the privilege of reading the Gospel 
Messenger weekly for the last four months of 
the present year. Had father Mishler lived to 
the end of the year he would have received 
my heartfelt thanks for famishing me, gratis, 
with such choice reading. 

I have read this paper with more than com- 
mon interest, and were 1 a member of this 
branch of the Christian church I should deem 
it an exalted privilege to be permitted to pe- 
ruse the contents of so clean a church paper, 
and should surely avail myself of that privi- 
lege, by becoming a permanent subscriber. 



Prom Waldon, Indian Territory. 

I feel as it oar church was not doing her 
duty. Other churches scatter out more, and 
gather in and build up congregations. Why 
can't our church do the same? Here is a large 
territory and not a member besides myself, so 
far as I know. We ought to have a minister 
here to preach to these people. How can they 
know the truth unless they are taught? Hi 
much of the Scripture is never rehearsed 
by the popular ministers! No wonder they 
don't know the Gospel. Some of them read 
but little in the Scriptures. Therefore they 
do not know the truth and are surprised when 
it is told to them. 

Will you plead more through your valuabl 

paper for the ministering brethren in tb 

stern and Middle States to think of isolated 

mbers over the land and carry to ' 

Dd news, and make them know the saving 

ice? I would like to know if there are an 

brethren living near EIreno and Oklahom 

City, Okla. Ter. I would be glad to have 

them write me at Waldon, Indian Territory, 

If there are any who can come here from 

Oklahoma and preach for us, we would be 

glad to have them come. Lyda Shirman. 

From Washington, D. C. 

On Christmas day our Sunday 7 school chil- 
dren were called together for the first time to 
celebrate the birthday of our Savior in our new 
meetinghouse. We had a full representation, 
and from the young up to the aged their faces 
manifested joy and happiness, which made the 



MATRIMONIAL- 



BURRIER— GARVER,— Near Linganore, 
Frederick County, Md., Dec. 19, 1900, by the 
writer, Mr. Emerson D. Burner, of Mount 
Pleasant, and Miss E. Gertrude Garver, of 
Linganore. E. W. Stoner. 

DAVIS-BARNHART. — By the under- 
signed, at his residence, near Roanoke, 111., 
Dec. 19, 1900, Mr. E. S. Davis, of Pattonsbarg, 
111., and Sister Nelia Barnhart, of Elpaso, 111. 
C. S. Holsinger. 

GRIPE— SHIVELY— At the residence of 
the bride's parents, at Lincoln, Nebr., Dec. 23, 
1900, by the undersigned, Bro. Samnel D. 
Gripe and Sister Rozella Shively, both of 
Lincoln, Nebr. A. D. Sollenberger. 

KLIPPEL— BREITHAUPT.— At the resi- 
dence of the bride's parents, near Damascus, 
Oregon, Dec. 16, 1900, by the undersigned. Mr. 
V. Klippel, of Portland, Oregon, and 
Miss Myrtle Breithaupt, of Damascus, Oregon. 
A. H. Partch. 

SHRADER-FRIEDLEY.— By the under- 
signed, at his residence, at Shady Grove, Pa„ 
Dec. 20, 1900, Bro. John E. Shrader and Sister - 
Sadie F. Friedley, all of Franklin County, Pa. 
Wm. C, Koontz. 

SMITH-PRATHER,— At the residence of 
the bride's brother, Bro. T. A. Prather, Nov. 
26, 1900, by Eld. S. W. Riner, Bro. James W. 
Smith and Miss Ella Prather, all of Fayette 
County, W. Va. Ella V. HUTCHISON. 

WISE— FISHER. —At the home of the 
bride's parents, at Woodland, Mich., Dec, 24, 
1900, Bro. Joseph D. Wiae, of Ohio, and Coia 
May Fisher, both of Woodland, Mich. 

Isaiah Rairigh. 

YONKER-ZEIGLER.— At the residence 
of the bride's parents, Brother and Slater 
Abram Zeigler, near Englewood, Montgomery 
Co., Ohio, Dec. 20, 1900, by the writer, Bro. 
Ora Yonker, of Shelby County, Ohio, and Sis- 
ter Dora Zeigler, of Montgomery County, 
Ohio. D. C, Hendrickson. 



FALLEN t ASLEEP 



ANDERSON.— In the Mississinewa church, 
at her home in Shideler, Delaware Co., Ind., 
Nov. 22, 1900, Sister Salina Anderson, aged 69 
years, 6 months and 15 day8. She was born in 
Clermont Connty, Ohio, May 7, 1831. She was 
the daughter of Samnel and Hannah Ander- 
son. She united with the Brethren church in 
1858, in which she remained faithlul until 
death. She began teaching in the public 
schools when seventeen years old, and taught 
for over forty years, missing bnt three terms. 
Services by the writer in the M. E. church in 
Shideler. Geo. L. Studebaker. 

BOCK. — In the bounds of the Greentown 
congregation, Ind., Nov. 23, 1900, Malinda 
Bock, aged 64 years, 9 months and 29 days. 
Deceased was the daughter of Henry and 



Jan. 12, 1901. 



J^KE GOSPEL 3VEESSE3STO-EE,. 



Mary Shively. She 
ty, Ohio. She was married to Bro. David 
Bock. In 1861 one child was born to them, 
which died in infancy. Husband, three broth- 
ers and four sisters survive her. Services at 
the house, conducted by the writer from Rev. 
zo: I2 - Peter Houk. 

ESHELMAN.-In Elgin, 111., Dec. 26, 1900, 
of tuberculosis, Sister Gertrude M. Eshelman, 
daughterof Brother S. M. and Sister Ida Eshel- 
man, aged 19 years, 8 months and 23 days. 
Deceased was born in Mt. Morris, III., April 3, 
1881. She united with the Brethren church in' 
the winter of 1894. She endeared herself to 
all by a noble Christian character. For some 
time before her illness she was employed in 
the composing room of the Brethren Publish- 
ing House, rendering efficient service. Serv- 
ices by Bro. Galen B. Royer at the College 
Chapel, Mt. Morris. Interment at Silve 
Creek cemetery. * 

GREEN.— Near Middletown, Ind„ Dec. if 
loco, Georgie Green, daughter of Harley am 
Gertrude Green, aged 4 years, 2 months and 
13 days. She was a bright little girl. H 
mother preceded her two months ago. 

Florida J. E. Green, 

HESS.— At the home of his son, Man 
Hess, in the Ashland church, Ohio, Nov. 
1900, Christian Hess, aged 83 years, 5 room 
and 7 days. Bro. Hess came from Lancasl 
County, Pa„ to Ohio, in 1852, and was a met 
ber of the Brethren chorch for about forty 
years. His wife, Charity Plank, to whom he 
was wedded on Feb. 28, 1839, preceded him 
thirty-one years. He was a type of true man- 
hood and served the church as a deacon for 
many years, which office he held at his death. 
Services by the writer and burial at the Dickey 
church. W. F. England. 



ttled 
f the Breth 

faithful 
duti 



IMMEL— In theSolomon Creek church, Elk- 
hart Co., Ind., Dec. 25, 1000, Sister Eve Immel, 
nee Coughmon, aged 73 years, 8 months and 25 
days. She was born at Dayton, Ohio, March 
31, 1827. When seven years of age she came 
with her parents to Elkhart County, Ind. She 
was united in marriage to Israel Immel in 
November, 1847. To this union were born five 
sons and five daughters. Three sons and four 
daughters remain. Her husband preceded 
her Nov. 12, 1875. She united with the Breth- 
ren church early in life and lived a life of true 
devotion. Her seat in the church was seldom 
vacant. She was liberal in her offering in the 
support of chnrch, and was kind hearted. 
Services by Bro. Hiram Forney from 2 Cor. 5 
i. Amsey E. Clem. 

KINNY— In Des Moines Valley church, 
Polk Co., Iowa, Dec. 19, 1900, Bro. Char! 
Kinny, son of Bro. John Kinny, aged nearly 
13 years. Little Charley was thrown from a 
horse in the evening and died next morning, 
but did not regain consciousness before death. 



early day, 

Ozawkie. 

church for twenty 

in the discharge of 'her Ch 

Services by Bro. J. A. Root. 

H. L. Brammell. 

ROEG AR._At the homeof her grandparent. 
m the Buck Creek church, Henry Co., Ind 
Nov. 12, 1,00, Lillian May, daughter of friend 
Henry and Sister Katie Roegar, aged 1 yeai 
6 months and t S days. Her sickness, though 
intense, was of short duration. She 
loving little daughter and made the home 
happy and cheerful. Services by the writer 
assisted by L. L. Teeter. 

Geo. L. Studbbaker. 

REEDY.-Near Cherry Grove, in the Lin 
ville Creek church, Va„ Dec. 23, 1900, Bro 
Philip Reedy, aged 78 years, ir month's and 
3 days. He suffered for s 
in the face until death 
Bro. Jacob A. Garber at the U. B. Cherry 
Grove house and interment at the family 
graveyard. Michael Zig 



, Samuel 



He was a member over thn 
by the writer. 

MOMMERT— Within the bounds of the 
Arnold's Grove chnrch, Carroll Co., 111., Nov. 
30, 1900, of cancer, friend Samuel B. Mum- 
mert, aged 70 years, 4 months and 8 days. He 
was born in Adams County, Pa., came to 
Carroll County, 111., in 1867, where he resided 
until his death. He was the father of nine 
children, seven of whom are living. Services 
by the writer. • W. H. Eisenbise. 

MUSSELMAN. — In the Shade Creek 
church, Somerset Co., Pa., Dec. g, 1900, Eld, 
Hiram Musselman, aged 73 years, 6 months 
and 4 days. Services at Scalp Level by Bro. 
J. J. Shaffer, from 2 Tim. 4: 7. 

C. L. Spencer. 

OSBORN.— In the bounds of the Roann 
church, Ind., Dec. 16, icoo, Sister Sarah Os- 
born, nee Robinson, aged 77 years, 10 months 
and 20 days. She was born in Scott County, 
Ind., Jan. 11, 1823. She married W. Osborn 
July 4, 1841. Of four sons and four daughters 
three sons and one daughter still remain. She 
joined the Brethren church in July, 1900. 
Services in the church at Mt. Vernon, Ind., by 
Eld. J. D. Rife, assisted by Mr. Bray (U. B. 
minister), of Wabash, from 2 Tim. 4: 6-8. 

Obed C, Rife. 



STERN.— At the home of her 
Stern, of Noblesville, Ind., Dec. 
ter Nancy Stern, aged 60 years, 
II days. She was the daughter of Abraham 
Caylor and born in Henry County, Ind., May 
10, 1840. She was married to Emanuel Stern 
Feb. 16, 1857. To this union were born thir- 
teen children, six of whom preceded their 
mother to the other shore. She leaves a 
husband and seven children. Sistsr Stern was 
a consistent member of the church for about 
forty-one years. Her seat was never vacant 
at church, as long as health permitted her to 
be present. Services at the Stony Creek 
church by Bro. Moses Smeltzer from Rev. 14: 
r 3- Kate Smeltzer. 

SMITH.-Ia the Big Swatara church, Pa., 
Dec. 24, 1000, of old age and dropsy, Eld. 
David Smith, aged 82 years, 6 months and 17 
days. Bro. Smith was a minister in the Breth. 
church for many years. Three years ago 
vas ordained to the eldership, in which be 
'ed faithfully up to his death. He main- 
tained the principles of the Gospel, 
ticed by our ancient Brethren. He 
widow and one son. Services by Bro. J. H 
Longanecker, assisted by Bro. J. H. Witmei 
and the writer, from 1 Cor. 15: 5-8. 

A. J. Shore. 
SUMPTION.-In the Maple Grove church, 
Ohio, Dec. 21, 1900, Charles R. Sumption! 
aged I year, 2 months and 3 days. Services 
at the home of Bro. David Snyder. Interment 
in the Ashland cemetery. Services by ihi 
writer. W. F. England. 



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PUDERBAUGH.— In the Ozawkie congre 
gallon, Kans., Dec. 13, 1900, Sister Matilds 
(Holler) Paderbaugh, wife of friend John M 
Puderbaugh, aged 50 years, 7 months and i£ 
days, She was born in Henry County, Ind., I by the Method 
April 26, 1850. She came to Kansas in an | Miller cemetery, 



SANDERS.— At Honey Creek, Ind., Dec. 
21, 1000, Miss Agnes Sanders, daughter of 
Cyrus and Alta Sanders, aged 17 years, 5 
months and 7 daya. She leaves a grandraoth- 
er and two brothers. She united with the 
United Brethren church in 1896. Services by 
their minister. Interment at Miller cemetery. 
Florida J. E. Green. 

SLIFER.— In the Manor congregation, at 
his home near Downsville, Md., Dec. 13, 1900, 
Bro. John C. Slifer, aged 44 years and 7 days. 
He leaves a widow and seven children. Serv- 
by Bro. D. Victor Long, assisted by Bro. 
Charles Bonsack, of Westminster, Md. Text, 
1 Pet. 1:3. Bertha Rowland. 

THOMAS.— At Sipesville, Pa., in the Que- 
mahoning congregation, Dec. 22, 1900, Bro. Ja- 
cob J. Thomas, aged 77 years, 8 months and 22 
days. Services by the writer and J. J. Darr. 
P. J. Blough. 

WADE.— At the home of his brother, Dora 
Wade, in the Silver Creek church, Cowley Co., 
Kana., Dec. 12, 1900, Nathan Wade, aged 50 
years, 4 months and 22 days. Services by D. 
Harader, of the Progressive Brethren, from I 
Cor. 15. , l bb Harader. 

ZIRKLE — At Middletown, Ind., Dec. 20, 
1900, Dessa Detrick, daughter of Lewis 
id Elizabeth Detrick, aged 30 years, n 
onths and 22 days. She was born in Frank- 
3 County, Pa., Jan. 28, 1870. With her par- 
its she settled in Delaware County, Ind., 
;ar the Cross Roads, in 1875. She was mar- 
ed to Walter Zirkle Dec. 23, 1897. She 
aves a companion, father, mother, six broth- 
's and three sisters. Services at the Metho- 
dist church by an Advent preacher, assisted 



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THE GOSPEL MBSSEnSTGEIi. 



Jan. 12, 1901, 



( Concluded from Page 2Q. ) 
against great disadvantages in the mission 

And now another year is gone, tbe sowing 
time is over. What will the harvest be? 
What new resolves will we make? Watch- 
man, what of the night? Another century 
gone! gone forever! eventful century! What 
what will tbe next one be? "Days should 
speak, and multitude of years should teach wiB- 
dom," Wonderful school of timet What 
are we learning? B, E. Kesler, 

Dec. 31. 

Prom Oreen Tree, Pa. 

The Sisters' Aid Society of the Green Tree 
church was started in October, 1881. Up to 
the present time we have, on an average, dis- 
tributed $31 annually, to needy members of 
our congregation, and also to some in the 
neighborhood who are not members; also do- 
nated the Gospel Messenger to several. In 
November, 1900, we contributed $$ to the 
Children's Aid Society of Montgomery County, 
for which they were very grateful. The con- 
tributing members all belong to oar church, 
excepting one; she lives in the neighborhood 
of the church, and attends the services, other 
members of the church give a donation oc- 
casionally. E. A. Dunn, Sec, 

Jan. J. 

From a Blind Worker. 

Jesus says: "My Father worketh hitherto 
and I work." Again: "I give to every man 
his work." And still again: " Work while it is 
day; for the night cometh when no man can 
work. The harvest truly is great, but the 
laborers are few." 

I am blind, but do not want to stop working. 
Myself and wife just came from our Christmas 
meeting. D. Wysong preached. The meet- 
ing will continue for several days. 

The Messenger also does its work. There 
are thousands of homes where it should be 
where it is not. I havetaken the paper for over 
thirty years. I cannot do without it, though I 
cannot read. My wife reads for me. 

I have been out on the paatoral visit for 
three weeks, It will take me two weeks more 
to get over the district. Bro. Henry Neff as- 
sists and cares for me. Though it requires 
work, yet it is a great help to an elder to look 
after his flock. I have received tbe third 
letter to come to Tippecanoe, Ind., and hold a 
meeting. I have concluded to go. Brethren, 
pray for me. It is now three years since 1 
read last. I write on a slate; my wife rewrites 
for me. Alex. Miller. 

Wakarusa, Ind. 



Juniata College Bible Session. 

The Bible session of the Juniata College, 
Hnntingdon, Pa., will open Jan. 28 and con- 
tinue four weeks. In the regular daily class 
work the following subjects will be taught and 
discussed: • 

Men of the Bible— Time and place in which 
they lived. Conditions by which they were 
surrounded. Their character and their infiu- 

Elocutionary Drill. — The development of 
thought as related to expression, etc. Exe- 
gesis of some of the epistolary writings. 

The exegetical and historical study of the 
Psalms. 

Pauline Theology, or Paul's life as a mis- 
sionary. 

Study of the Four Gospels and exegetical 
study of the Perean Ministry. 

Homiletics. — Composition, 
delivery of sermons. 

The Gospel in Genesis.— A series of talk: 
treating of the Gospel as set forth in this 

Sunday-school Work. — Teachings that will 
be helpful to all. 

During the evenings of tbe first week thei 
will be given illustrated Bible Land talk 
And the remaining evenings of the term wi 
be occupied by Eld. I, B. Trout in a series c 
doctrinal and evangelistical sermons. Fc 
this special Bible work we bespeak a larg 
attendance. Indeed, we would be pleased to 
be crowded with ministers, Sunday-school 
teachers and Bible students. There are a 
number of our ministers who would gladly at- 
tend, but are not able to do so financially 
How many out of their abundance will donate 
enough to bear the expense of auch worthy 



s? The cost, including all expenses for 
term, is only ?I2, or $3 per week. 
.11 are invited and will be welcomed. 

H. B. B. 



From Palestine, Ark. 

I AM now engaged in a very interesting 
meeting at Stouber schoolhouse in Lonoke 
County, with good attention and attendance. 
This is a new place and tbe people are very 
anxious to know tbe Doctrioe of the Brethren. 
So I have agreed to deliver a series of doctrin- 
al sermons. Bro. H. J. Lilley has been 
preaching at this place once a month since 
June, which is highly appreciated. The pros- 
pects are encouraging at this place. 

There are many places in Arkansas where 
good could be done for the Master bad we 
more laborers in this field. But on account of 
there being but few of us, and the field large, 
work goes slow. Pray that the good Lord 
may send souls that need to be saved, and I 
believe could be, had we a better system of 
locating ministers, so that they might stay 
with the work after it is begun. In fact, that 
is the only way to succeed in this field, for as 
soon as the shepherd is gone the flock is scat- 
tered. It requires a long while to inculcate 
stability in the people. Pray for us. 

J. H.Neher. 

Dec, 31. 



Financial Reports. 



Mission Report for Week Ending 



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Tliis 



HI Do won supponea. interest on endowments, not 
jrwlso designated, will be Acknowledged andrr this 

»lously reported S8.243 05 

D.— S. D. Ztgler and wile, Union Bridge, (10; 
L. Reicliard, Hagerstown, tj; J. 5. Marsh- 
ier, Grantsvillo. 81,50; Jonas E. Flook 
ad Run, $t.ao; marriage notice, E. W. 
ner, So cents; H. J. Hutchinson, Cordova, *3»; 
ilcR Stoner, Union Bridge, $15; Elizabeth 

ip, Union Bridge, I15; total ?8 ao 

4D. -David Nihart, Mtddlebury, 50 cents; 
irew Foutz, Denver. 16; 5. N. Roplogle. Ha- 
gerstown. $3; 5, W. Blocher. Union City, $3.60; 
A. C. Klndy, Elkhart, S3; S. E. Good. N. Liber- 
ty, $1; Jas. Cltne, Markle. $6; J. C. Wampler. 
Wayne, |i.?5; Mary E, Lcedy, Lanvllle, 50 cents; 
HartlordCityS. S., S1.10; Mrs, Dilling, Hagers- 
town, 40 cents; M. D. Neff Mlllord, Jie;J. L, 
Mlnnich. Eaton, J3; Isaac Early, South Bend, $5; 
W. K. Simmons, Union City,*3.6oi Jas. Hlme- 

llck, Denver. 81,50; total 5! 05 

Iowa.— C. S. McNutt, Adol, *r.ao; Abram 
Eberaole, Dallas Center. $i.*o; 5. T. Long, South 
English, J5; a brother and sister, Adel,?5; D. 
M. Dierdorff, Cedar Falls, S3; D. Fry, Garrison, 
*3; Anna Flory. North English, Si. 50; Brethren S. 
S., Sheldon, S7.11; John Weighs. Waterloo, W; 
Fairview cong.. $1.-70; a brother, Unionvlllc, 
SS; a brother. Harlan, S5; Mrs, D. M. Baugh- 

man, Pulaski, $1; total 48 72 

VA.-Bettio Good, Miller's school, S3; D.S. Rol- 
ler, New Market. S3; D. S. Long, Bridgewater, 
S6; Susan Wine. Ctimora Station, Si. so;a sister, 
Crimora Station, SS-So; a brother, Spring Creek, 
$495: John S. Flory, Bridgewater, S1.50: D.S. 
Neff.Quicksburg, Si 50; Lydia Cllne. Timber- 

ville, $3; Mt, Vernon cong., So. 50; t nal 30 i S 

III.— A brother and sister, Elgin, $6; Henry 
Snell, Glrard, S1.50; Beuj Snlngley. Mt. Morris, 
SS; Mrs. A. J. Montgomery, Little York, 50 cents; 
Okaw cong., $10.15, Isaac Eikenberry, Ceno- 
gordoSi-So; Otho Watson. Walker, $1.61; Bar- 
bara Wagner. Cerrogordo, (a; Noah Wagner, 
Cerrogordo, Si; Ida Wagner, Cerrogordo, $1; 
Levi F. Swinger, Hutsonvllle. *5: marriage no- 
tice, Cerrogordo, 50 cents; total 35 87 

Ohio -Geo. A. Hall, Batdorf. Si ao; Margaret 
A. Miller, Leroy, St; M. Ockerman, Careytown, 
S6;G. H- Sliiiler, Ashlaud, 50 cents; Donnels 
Creek cong.. *7-*>; W. C. Teeter. Dayton, Sl.ao; 
L. E. Kauflman. Gretna, Si.ao; D. Berkeybile, 
Delta, Sa.40; Abraham Minaich, Greenville, 
Si.ao; John O. Warner, Center, S1.20; J. and C. 
Leedy, Lima, S10; marriage notice, D. C. Hen- 
driekson. 50 cents; 5. W. Brumbaugh, Daytoa, 

Si.ao; total. ^ go 

PA.-Lhiie Myers. Bareville, Si.ao; A, S, Krle- 
der, Annville, S6;D, G. Weils, Spring City, Si.ao; 
D.E.Brown. East B.rlin, 35 cents; J I. Bech- 
tel, Verkes, Si.ao; Dry Valley cong., Si.cs; 
Crosswood S. S., 53; j. F. Emraert. Waynesboro. 
S1.50; J. Kurtz. Womelsdo.f, 53 cents; total,. . 
Kans.— I. H. Crist, Kansas City, S1.50; D. 
Vaniman, McPheraon, S10; Martha Blickenstatl, 
Homewood, Ji.$o; Julia A. Frame, Ottawa, Si.ao; 
Appanoose S. S., S1.81; E. S. Fox, Heizer, 3 

La.— Mrs. P.J, Feebler, Jennings 

Nbuk.— Marriage notice. A D. Sollenbeiger. 
50 cents; A Father's Faltliiul Few. Rising City. 
$5.31 ;Conrtd Rasp. Rising City, Si; total 

W. Va. -L. J. Hylton, Branmiell, S1.50; Peter 
Blser, Headsvllle, Si.ao; F. E. Cunningham, 
Martlnsburg, Si. 50; total, 

N. Dak. — D. Leedy, Haven, »a,5o; Alma 
Shobc, Colgate. 50 cents; total 






Ji.aS; Susan 



Mo. - Spring 

■lo-.ma. Laddonia, 50 cents; total l > 

UTAH. -D.S. Filbrun, Corinne ■_> 

Total lor year beginning April, 190°. • ■ • '8,59* 5 
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'acondaS. S., S9-68; Bethany 1 



Ohio.-E. Loomis, New Philadelphia, Si; Marga 

ct A. Miller, Leroy, 50 cents, total 

Nebk— A Father's Faithful Few, Rising City, . 
N. Dak.-D. Leedy, Haven 



. Si,435 a" 

■ 54 38 
13 76 



Aid Society, North Manchester. 3 75 

N. Dak .— D. Leedy, Ha en a 50 

Total tor year beginning April, 1900 Si.537 35 

INDIA FAMINE FUND. 

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Kai^s.— Robert Tate, Bennington 4 5° 

Total lor year beginning April. 1900, . $10,426 12 

INDIA MISSION. 

Previously reported S891 76 

Ohio.— Eva Workman, Loudonvllie a 00 

pA.-J.Y.Krepps, Troxelvllie, So 

Total lor year beginning April, igoo, $894 26 

GOSPEL MESSKNGER POOR FUND. 
[Used to send the Messenger to brethren and sisters 

Previously reported $394 03 

Ill.-Z. Arnold, Ellsworth $1.25; Rock River 
cong ,$16 90; West Branch cong., $8; Henry Lll- 

ligh, Mulberry Grove, S1.23; total 5738 

Mo.-Jos. Wray, Mt. Moriah, 50 cents; J, L. 

Miller. Norborne, Sao; total, 2050 

-H. S. Mytrs, Pennsville. $5; Mrs John Roy- 
p'on, 50 cents; Anna C. Rowland, Alien- 
So cents; Rhoda A, Brown, Sabula, Si; In- 
dian Creek cong., $11.50; total 18 50 

.—North Manchester cong., 12 00 

A.— Cedar County cong., 4 15 

Va.— G, W. Hutchinson, Linsdale, 50 cents; 

John W. Hevner. Hillespie, $a; total a 50 

Omo.-Mary T. Rlttenhouse, Plain, 50 cents; 

Lydia Freed, Mon'peiier, Si. 50: total a 00 

N, Dak.-D. S. Leedy, Haven, 1 00 

Total for year beginning April, 1900, . . . (512 06 









...Life and Labors... 



Elder John Kline 

The Martyr Preacher of the 
Late Civil War. 



A Book Replete with Interesting; Reading 
and Full of Information for All. 

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M, personal knowledge of our martyred brothe 
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forthcoming history.-^. F. Sanger, South Bend. 
September, igoo. 

The acts and incidents of Brother Kline's life : 
rich and lull of good influence that his biography should 
be In every home in our Brotherhood.— 5. Z. Sharp. 
Plattsburg, Ah. 

I regard the book a most excellent work and worthy a 
place in every home.-Z,. T. Holsinger. Pyrmont.Ind. 

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The Inglenook. 



Contents for Next Week. 

THERE IS an excellent description of how 
false limbs are made. 

SISTER MARY P. ELLENBERGER tella 
the story of Stiver Tip, a kitten found by a 
camping party. 

A WOMAN CONVICT in the penitentiary 
tells the atory of what she does daily, how 
enjoys the 'Nook, and gives some good 
advice. 

BRO. D. L. MILLER, writes of Smyrna Figs, 
and gets off an intensely interesting account 
of how they are prepared for market. 

W. H. VonPLEES, artist, tells some things 
about colors that are little known. 

A BROTHER in Somerset Co., Pa., tells the 
story of Maple Sugar, and in a small com- 
pass gels in a great deal of information. 

A. B. UPTON tells how Sorghum Molasses Is 
iade where it is a regular business. 

BOB AND HIS UNCLE have a characteris- 
tic talk. Bob is the brother of Katie, the 
girl who died. 

BRO. CHAS. ESHELMAN, who recently had 
his vermiform appendix cut out, tells all 
about the disease, appendicitis. 



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"SET FOR THE DEFENSE OF THE GOSPEL."— Phil. /.• /;. 



Vol. 39. 



Elgin, III., Jan. 19, 1901. 



No. 3. 



TABLE OF CONTENTS. 

EDITORIAL,— 

Items 33, 4* 

See Your Minister ....... 40 

Are They "Fixed"? 4, 

Willing Service 4 , 

The Other Fellow 41 

Unsound Doctrine , 4a 

The First Resurrection 4a 

Ralnlall in Palestine 4a 

Querists' Department 4a 

Our Saturday Night 4a 

POETRY,— 

Synopsis of the Second Coming of Christ. Selected by John McMa- 

Don't Make the Wrinkles Deeper. Selected by M. V. Haishbergor. 39 

ESSAYS.- 

Are Present Methods Efficient? By J. H. Brindle 34 

The Son ol Man. By Mat tie A. Lear 34 

Spend and be Spent. By Rosie S. Myers 35 

Stanley as a Missionary 3$ 

The Blessedness ot Sight, By I. Bennett Trout 3S 

Porto Rico. ByM.G. Brumbaugh, Ph. D 36 

Neglect ol Our Duties. By C. C. Sheets, 36 

Backbone. By Richard Arno Dassdorf 36 

What Will the Harvest Be? By Alice C. Blough 36 

Burdens of Wealth. By A. W. Vaniman 37 

The Dedication. By S.F.Sanger 37 

Old Carrollton. By Walter Swihart 37 

The Pope's Twentieth Century Message 37 

PREACHERS' DEPARTMENT,— 

The Preacher's Model. By John E. Mohler 38 

Settle Now. ByMaryEIIer, 38 

OUR PRAYER MEETING,— 

Bible Characteristics ol the Church oi God 38 

Praying for the Poor. Selected by Joseph Crumrine 38 

HOME AND FAMILY,- 

Is a Worrying Woman ever a Good Housekeeper? 39 

The Beautiful Hymns. By Maggie Bail 39 

GENERAL MISSIONARY AND TRACT DEPARTMENT- 

Preparation for Missionary Work— What? 43 

India Notes. By Eliza B. Miller, 43 

Dispensary Work in Chicago 43 

EDITORIAL MISCELLANY. 

Most people do not know that messages in sealed 
bottles are largely used at sea as a means of gather- 
ing information. As a matter of fact the United 
States Weather Bureau is conducting some scientific 
experiments to determine the direction and speed 
of ocean currents by setting sealed bottles adrift. 
The course of the Gulf Stream was determined in 
this way over fifty years ago, but it is only since 
1895 that bottles bearing dated records were sys- 
tematically thrown overboard by navy vessels. The 
finders of these bottles record the date and place of 
finding and send them to the Naval department or 
the nearest American consulate. The length of the 
voyages made varies. One letter cast overboard 
September 13, 1895, near Iceland, was picked up on 
the Bahama Islands May 22, 1898. Another thrown 
overboard near the mouth of the Orinoco on May 7 
was picked up six days later 195 miles out at sea, 
Sometimes when a vessel goes down at sea mes- 
sages are placed in sealed bottles and thrown into 
the water. This, provided, however, there is time 
and the people not too much excited to think about 
it. When these bottles are found the messages can 
be read and information is obtained about long-lost 
friends. 

"Judge Lynch" pays little attention to law. 
Without trial or jury he settles the question of guilt, 
and then proceeds to mete out what he designates 
as justice. He is no credit to any State or com- 
munity. It was to be hoped that we had seen the 
worst of this lynching business. In 1899 the num- 
ber of lynchings dropped to 107, the smallest on 
record since 1885. This was hopeful, but the report 
of 1900 dispels hope, for during that year 115 per- 
sons were lynched, and the details present the same 
old story. Of this number 108 are charged up to 
the South and the remainder to the North. Of the 
115 victims 107 were negroes. The Southern States 
in which lynchings have been most frequent are as 
follows: Louisiana and Mississippi, 20 each; 



Georgia, 16; Florida, 9; Alabama, S; Tennessee, 7; 
Arkansas and Virginia, 6 each. The three Northern 
States which must be classed with the Southern in 
unenviable category are Indiana, Kansas and 
Colorado. In Indiana three colored men and in 
Colorado two colored men and one white man, and 
n Kansas two white men have been the victims. 
The circumstances attending some of these North- 
ern lynchings have been as cruel as any which have 
occurred in the South. In Colorado a negro was 
tortured, and nothing has been done to vindicate 
the law. In Indiana one innocent negro was 
lynched, and nothing has been done about it. Such 
deeds as these silence denunciations of the South 
for its failure of justice. In sixteen years 2,583 per- 
sons have been lynched in the United States, and 
what good has been accomplished? Crime con- 
tinues undiminished, and nowhere does it increase 
faster than in the States where lynching has been 
most frequent. It is, therefore, not a preventive of 
crime. It weakens the power of the law and en- 
courages crimes of other classes. No people can 
afford to disrespect the law of the land, for in pro- 
portion as they do they undermine the government. 
Lynching is simply martial law in the hands of the 
lawless. It is usurpation on a small scale. This 
same spirit sometimes invades the church, not for 
the purpose of taking the natural life, but for the 
purpose of interfering with the spiritual. It is hard 
for some people to permit either the law of God or 
man to have its course. 

The century which has just closed has been re- 
markable for achievements. At the beginning of 
the century civilization was practically limited to 
western Europe, and the eastern portion of the 
United States was yet in a pioneer condition. The 
rest of North America, South America, Egypt, 
South Africa, Australia, India and Japan have all 
been opened up since and most of them developed 
by the white man. In 1800 England and France 
were the only powers of first rank. To these have 
been added Germany, Russia and the United States. 
Considerable territory has been taken from Turkey 
and given a better government. Greece has secured 
freedom, and Spain has lost no small portion of her 
territory. Wonderful changes have taken place in 
science and learning. Grand school systems have 
been set in motion, and now colleges and universi- 
ties flourish in all parts of the civilized world. In 
the beginning of the century few could read. Now 
it is only the few who do not have a reasonable edu- 
cation. In 1800 the scribe was thankful for the 
quill pen, now he must have a typewriter. The 
farmer was content with the scythe, now he cannot 
get along without the latest harvester. From the 
tallow candle we have gone to the electric light. In 
place of the stage coach we have the palace car. In- 
stead of the ox cart we see the automobile. The 
sailing vessel on the ocean has been replaced by the 
commodious ocean liner. The log cabins have dis- 
appeared, and the modern house, the model of con- 
veniences, is here. Instead of paying twenty-five 
cents postage on a letter, and waiting months for a 
reply we go to the telephone, talk the matter over, 
and settle the business at once. When the century 
dawned a few newspapers contained a small amount 
of news practically old; now great papers, of the 
most skillful workmanship, by the aid of the wires 
and cables, place the news of the day, from all parts 
of the world, at our doors, while we are at the sup- 
per table. All this, and as much more has been ac- 
complished during one century. In view of the 
wonderful past, what may we not expect for the 
I present century? 



The Kussification of unfortunate Finland is pro- 
ceeding with marked rapidity. Three newspapers 
have lately been suppressed by Russian authority 
for criticising the government. The purpose is to 
have no discussing of public matters. These will 
be left to the authorities, and the people must sub- 
mit, regardless of their likes and dislikes. Legisla- 
tive independence has been practically lost, and 
men can be forced to do military service at the dis- 
cretion of the Russian government. It is confident- 
ly expected that the Greek orthodox will be made 
the State church, although ninety-eight out of every 
hundred Finns are Lutherans. Thousands of Finns 
have emigrated to Canada within the last two years 
and more of them will come as fast as they can dis- 
pose of their property in their native land. The 
part of Canada in which they are settling is fully 
twelve hundred miles farther south than Finland, 
and the climate milder. They are, however, a hardy 
and thrifty people. This driving of these people 
into exile is impolitic on the part of Russia, for 
they are the most intelligent of all the Czar's sub- 
jects, having a fine school system and many men of 
distinction in science and literature. Their capital, 
Helsingfors, is so complete and elegant that it is 
called by travelers "The Little Paris of the North." 



The Pope, backed by the leading Catholics of 
France, has a hard fight on hand, a fight which if 
lost to the Pope will be a very serious affair. For 
one hundred years the Pontiff has enjoyed unusual 
privileges in the way of collecting church revenues 
and amassing property in France, and the govern- 
ment seems not disposed to extend the favors any 
longer than the present year. In fact a set of laws 
is now under headway which, if adopted, will great- 
ly cripple all religious work in the Republic, and 
the work of the Jesuits in particular. The main 
points of the laws against the religious associations 
are that "a decree of the Counsel of State shall be 
necessary for any association consisting of French 
and of foreign members." Now the admixture of 
native and of foreign members is to be found in 
nearly all the religious orders, notably among the 
Dominicans, the Jesuits, the Franciscans, etc. Then, 
again, "a law shall be necessary for all such asso- 
ciations as have their headquarters out of France 
and whose members live in community," Now 
every one knows that Rome is the center of all the 
great orders with the exception of the Jesuits, who 
have their headquarters at Florence. The congre- 
gations and orders already in existence will have 
each of them to obtain within the space of six 
months the enactment of the special law necessary 
for their remaining in France. Those which at the 
end of six months have either not asked or not ob- 
tained the enactment of the laws necessary for their 
continued abode in France will be dissolved. A 
further period of six months will be allowed to them 
for the purpose of reclaiming and disposing of their 
property, and after that time everything that re- 
mains in the possession of the orders will be for- 
feited to the government and turned over by the 
latter to the pension fund for poor working people. 
These are the main features of the so-called associa- 
tion laws, and it looks as though they might be 
adopted. It is well known that the Pope is very 
much opposed to the Republican form of govern- 
ment in France, and with him are the Catholic 
priests and bishops of France. Rather than have 
such decrees adopted, the Pope is disposed to lend 
his power to assist in overthrowing the present 
form of French government. The conflict is on and 
promises to be a most bitter one. 



THE GOSPEL IMIIESSIEItTG-IER-. 



Jan. 19, 1901, 



- > ■ > ■• ESSAYS +*-*■ — 



SYNOPSIS OP THE SECOND COMINO OF CHRIST. 

SELECTED BY JOHN McMAHON. 

I will come nj-nln.— John 14: 3; Act! 1: 11. 
Our Savior once more upon earth shall appear, 
In person as literal as when he was here: 
The clouds are bis chariot and glory his throne, 
Whilst myriads of angels his majesty own. 
Ten thousand bright saints with the Lord shall descend, 
Their strains of hosannas the heavens shall rend, 
Whilst the angels who sang the glad song of his birth 
Shall gather his saints from the ends of the earth. 
The kingdom shall come and the grave shall give way 
And his saints be redeemed from their prison of clay; 
For the trumpet shall sound and the dead shall come forth, 
From the east, from the west, from the south, from the north 
All the nations of men are before him conveyed, 
His bar of tribunal in justice arrayed. 
Each tongue shall confess whilst the judge on the throne 
Shall the wicked condemn and acknowledge his own. 
Each eye shall behold him in awful attire; 
The saints shall be glad and their Savior admire, 
Whilst those who condemn him to die on the tree 
Shall wail when that glorious Me 
•Twill comfort the saints to reflet 
When sorrow and sighing shall V 
When they shall be crowned and 
And all tears shall forever be wiped from their eyes. 
These bodies, thoagh vile, shall be fashioned arigh t 
And robed in a costume of glory and light. 
With songs of thanksgiving will rise in the air, 
And dwell with our Savior eternally there. 
The world shall be burned and all nature dissolve, 
And the earth on its axis shall cease to revolve; 
Whilst the heavens rolled up shall depart as a scroll 
And the stars into regions of darkness shall fall. 



ascend to the skit 



ARE PRESENT METHODS EFFICIENT? 

BY J. H. BRINDLE. 

What think ye, my brethren, if a man had an 
hundred sheep and owned a township for a farm 
and builded a pen on each of the four corners and 
required the sheep to travel from pen to pen re- 
spectively for their food; and the man with a half 
dozen helpers went to the same pen to feed, and 
five would sit on the fence while one fed? Would 
this man prosper? Would his flock increase? 
Would not the modern, well-developed sheep un- 
der those conditions soon degenerate? 

Many of our churches have thus been established, 
and are to this day managed and fed somewhat 
after this manner. Consequently there are few fat 
souls. The increase of the flock is small and dearly 
bought. Under these conditions the Sunday 
school and prayer meeting are a heavy burden 
without results. They spring up and finally die. 
The children drop unrecoverably by the wayside. 
Think of the man's success in raising and feeding 
his children under the conditions named. The con- 
ditions are favorable to hobby riding preachers. 
The intellectual and spiritual attainment is low; 
for the stream cannot rise higher than its head. 

Imagine, if you can, what the result would be if 
the ten, twenty or thirty district schools in your 
township were conducted in the manner in which 
we conduct much of our worship. How many of 
the scholars would follow the teachers through the 
whole round? I think we 
attendance, comparatively s 

Other denominations art 
lawful means to 
nevertheless whe 
and the runabot 
services 



would find an 

nail and disinterested. 

censured for using un- 

their audiences. But 

he unlawful means are used 

:ircuitous method of holding 

practiced, the same difficulties exist. 



If l LUM. 



prayer 



'ithout 



The Sunday school is a heavy load, the 
meeting a failure, no teachers' meetings, 
ground, too, is sacred, but they hold it 
progress. 

Would it not be better to have but one place of 
preaching to each organized church? Then if there 
are enough members in some part of its territory to 
demand the erection of another house of worship, 



are there not enough to be organized into a church 
and thus be left at home where they can provide 
church and Sunday-school advantages for them- 
selves and their neighbors instead of driving ten or 
fifteen miles to attend preaching while their neigh- 
bors sit at home with a churchhouse in sight but 
its doors locked against them about three Sundays 
out of four? Where there are old congregations 
occupying large territory and having a number of 
houses of worship and a number of preachers, it 
would not be such a difficult matter to bring about 
the proper conditions. That is, if the proper spirit 
prevails. But it would be more difficult should the 
elder in charge not feel disposed to have others 
take an active part in the work. Should he be con- 
tented to limit his effort to the territory he can 
work well and leave the rest to some one else, the 
cause could not help but prosper. Or if one of the 
ministers should be guilty of acting or speaking 
against the Sunday school and thus put to shame 
the spirit which prompted the church to adopt the 
Sunday school as a means of teaching the Word, 
be would do less harm. 

Can we not become more fervent in business and 
more thoroughly and systematically occupy the 
ground which we now hold, and thus permit the 
church to attain to a higher plane of intellectual 
and spiritual development for the glory of Christ? 

Kauffman t Pa. 



THE SON OF MAN. 
BY MATTIE A. LEAR, 



Son of man is an appellation often found in the 
Word of God. In the Old Testament Scriptures 
this name occurs frequently. See Num. 23: 19; Job 
25: 6 and 35: 8; Psa. 8: 4 and 144: 3 and 146: 3; 
Dan. 7: 13. This last scripture is very remarkable. 
Daniel had seen in vision four beasts rise out of the 
sea, and after these beasts had been overthrown, 
one like the Son of man came with the clouds of 
heaven, and came to the Ancient of days. One 
like the Son of man. Who could this be but he 
that was afterwards to take upon him the nature of 
man? 

Ezekiel is called the son of man about eighty- 
nine times in the book that bears his name. He 
was taken captive about 598 B. C. and was con- 
temporary with Jeremiah and Daniel. Jeremiah 
warned the Jews of Jerusalem of impending ca- 
lamities, and entreated them to avoid these calami- 
ties by timely repentance and reformation. Daniel 
was assigned a part of duty in kingly courts, while 
Ezekiel was appointed to labor among the captives 
who were located on the river of Chebar. The first 
twenty-four chapters of his book, written before the 
final conquest of Jerusalem by Nebuchadnezzar, an- 
nounce the complete overthrow of the kingdom of 
Judah on account of its increasing wickedness. 

The name Ezekiel means "God will strengthen," 
and this prophet was indeed strengthened for the 
arduous duties that were appointed to him. " Be- 
hold," said the Lord to him, " I have made thy face 
strong against their faces, and thy forehead strong 
against their foreheads. As an adamant harder than 
flint have I made thy forehead; fear them not, 
neither be dismayed at their looks." Ezek. 3; 8, 9! 

He was made to bear the iniquity of the house' of 
Israel and of Judah. His sufferings under this 
dreadful load were terrible indeed. See Ezekiel 
fourth chapter. Then how pathetic is the account 
of the death of the wife of this sorely-tried servant 
of God. "Also the word of the Lord came unto me 
ay.ng, Son of man, behold, I take away from thee 
" "f thine eyes with a stroke; yet neither 
nourn nor weep, neither shall thy tears 
rundown.- Ezek. 24: 15, 16. See also verses 17 18 
For weary years had this faithful servant of God 
borne the message with which he was intrusted to a 
hard-hearted, stiff-necked, and besotted people' he 
had braved their opposition, their proud looks their 
harsh treatment of him. But until now a sweet asy- 
lum awaited him, a kind wife was there to receive 
htm, ready to minister to his wants, to soothe his 
crushed and wounded spirit with words of encour- 



the de: 
shalt th 



agement and hope, to bathe his throbbing brow. 
This faithful wife at home with her sweet ministra- 
tions had been a tower of strength to him. But now 
this comfort, the desire of his eyes, must be snatched 
away from him swiftly, suddenly, and he not even 
allowed any outward expression of grief; yea, he 
must carry his sorrow locked up in his own bosom. 
No time was allowed to him to mourn, to nurse his 
grief. 

Ezekiel was a type of that greater Son of man 
who afterwards should come to warn the chosen 
people of God, in their still more lapsed condition. 
Christ was indeed the power or strength of God, 
and the wisdom of God. The title Son of man is 
applied to Christ about eighty times in the Gospels, 
and he almost always calls himself the Son of man. 
Three times he calls himself the Son of God, — in 
John 9: 35, and 10: 30, 36, and 11: 14. Why did 
Jesus so frequently use this term to designate him- 
self? By this endearing name he comes very near 
our hearts; he identifies himself with us. "For we 
are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his 
bones." Eph. 5: 30. 

He who had been in the form of God, and thought 
it not robbery to be equal with God, made himself 
of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a 
servant, and was made in the likeness of men; and 
being found in fashion as a man he humbled himself 
and became obedient unto death, even the death of 
the cross. Phil. 2; 6-8. In Isaiah 42: 1 we read: 
"Behold, my servant whom I uphold: mine elect in 
whom my soul delighteth." 

How very close he is to us as the Son of man; for 
" verily he took not on him the nature of angels; but 
he took on him the seed of Abraham, and why? be- 
cause, in all things it behooved him to be made like 
unto his brethren, that he might be a merciful and 
faithful high priest in things pertaining to God." 
Oh, this Brotherhood with Christ that we may attain 
unto! for both he that sanctifieth and they who are 
sanctified are all one; for which cause he is not 
ashamed to call them brethren. Blessed Jesus, thou 
art not ashamed to own this relationship, though we 
may be poor, ignorant, weak and full of mistakes. 
And as the Son of man, as one with us, how well 
qualified he is to help us in times of temptation. 
" For in that he himself hath suffered being tempted, 
he is able to succor them that are tempted." 

Though this Son of man, this our brother, was 
perfectly sinless, for he was "holy, harmless, unde- 
filed and separate from sinners," and though he was 
perfect in practice, for he did no sin, neither was 
guile found in his mouth (1 Pet. 2: 22; Isa. 53: 9), 
yet God hath made him who knew no sin to be sin 
for us: that we might be made the righteousness of 
God in him: yet it pleased the Lord to bruise him; 
he hath put him to grief. Yea, he suffered for sins, 
the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to 
God. He bore our sins in his own body on the tree. 
He tasted death for every man. Awful, indeed, were 
his sufferings when his soul was made an oSering 
for sin. But we read, " He shall see of the travail 
of his soul, and shall be satisfied." Though he paid 
a tremendous price for the redemption of the hu- 
man race, yet he was satisfied; he knew that he had 
not paid too dearly for this purchased possession. 
See Eph. I: 14. 

He has now become our Leader; hence he says to 
us " Follow me;" " I am the way, the truth, and the 
life: no man cometh unto the Father but by me" 
How emphatic is the above declaration of our Lord 
-the way! Into what an intricate labyrinth sin 
hath plunged us. Of ourselves we could never find 
ur way out. The truth. It is difficult indeed to 
know the exact truth on any subject whatever- we 
may settle down to an opinion, and think surely we 
have the exact truth on that point; but soon our po- 
- - 11 be proven untenable, and we are again at 
sea. And the life. Oh, who could make such an 
assertion, but he who is the fountain of life! 

example in patience. " When he was 
d not again; when he suffered, L " 
threatened not; but 
judgeth righteously 

Master under the most trying crcumstance, 
had seen htm suffering the most terrible mental 



reviled, he revi] 



mmitted himself to him that 
How often had Peter seen his 



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Jan. 19, 1901. 



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he bad seen him enduring awful physical sufferings, 
persecuted, and reviled; but he always maintained a 
calm and heavenly serenity of mind. The very 
worst treatment of his enemies could not ruffle him. 
Paul exhorts us to look unto Jesus the author and 
finisher of our faith, and consider him that endured 
such a contradiction of sinners against himself, lest 
we be weary and faint in our minds. 

He was our example in submission to the divine 
will. We hear him say, even when the most crush- 
ing weight of suffering was pressing down upon him: 
"Nevertheless, not as I will, but as thou wilt." 
Again: "My meat is to do the will of him that sent 
me, and to finish his work." "I must work the 
work of him that sent me." 

He is our example in obedience. Says he: " I do 
nothing of myself: but as my Father hath taught 
me, I speak these things." I seek not mine own 
will, but the will of the Father which hath sent me. 

He knows what sore temptations mean, "for we 
have not an high priest which cannot be touched 
with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all 
points tempted like as we are, yet without sin." 

Hudson, III. 

SPEND AND BE SPENT. 

BY ROSIE S. MYERS. 

There is in this age of the world a great deal of 
laying out of means and much precious time em- 
ployed to no purpose; that is, no lasting benefits to 
humanity result from much of the wealth, talents 
and powers of God's creatures, and no blessings 
come to the owners and users of the same. Why is 
this? Simply because that which the Lord has en- 
dowed us with is not properly appropriated. 

We learn a lesson from Paul, the author of the 
above subject, how to " spend and be spent " that 
others may be benefited and blessings brought to 
ourselves. This chief of apostles was a great mis- 
sionary, and, besides that, he worked for his living, 
Though he was a fine scholar, he was, in addition to 
that, master of a trade, namely, that of tentmaking. 
While he would have been entitled to a" main- 
tenance from the churches which he planted and 
from the people to whom he preached, yet he 
worked at his trade to earn bread that he might not 
be, as he said, " chargeable to anyone." 

Paul was a good shepherd and did not aim to en- 
rich himself with the fleece of the flock and have 
no interest in the welfare of the sheep. The saving 
of men's souls was his chief consideration and he 
ever labored earnestly and diligently, against much 
opposition, to gather the lost unto the fold, He 
tells the Corinthians in a letter, " I seek not yours, 
but you. And I will very gladly spend and be 
spent for you; though the more abundantly I love 
you the less I be loved." He was willing to spend 
his time, his strength, his interest, yea, his all to do 
them service, and then there were some who were 
ungrateful for his gratuitous labors. They criti- 
cised his appearance and delivery in the pulpit by 
saying that his bodily presence was " weak and his 
speech contemptible." But this servant of God 
would not allow himself to be shoved to the wall by 
their unkind remarks but labored on, spending and 
being spent, suffering imprisonment, flagellation, 
and many other things for the cause that lay so 
dear to his heart. 

Our duty towards the saving of the world is as 
clearly defined in God's Word as Paul's was to save 
the people in his day. Are we awake to our duty 
and spending and being spent that others may come 
to a knowledge of the truth? It is to be feared 
that many of us who have professed Christ are 
spending too much of our time, talents, and means 
on the gratification of self. If so, the hymn in our 
new song book, page 119, entitled, "One Thou- 
sand Million Souls," should cause them to reflect 
upon the sad state of those people and our attitude 
towards them. 

It is true there are a number of organizations 
here and there in the Brotherhood which have for 
their object the creation of missionary senti- 
ment among the young people and the gathering of 
funds to forward the cause of_ missions. While 



much has been accomplished in this way during 
the last decade, much more might have been done 
if we had denied ourselves the useless and for- 
bidden things we have about us. 

Then, again, only a few, in comparison to the 
number of members composing a congregation, 
contribute to these society collections and secure to 
themselves the blessing of having a part in the 
evangelization of the world. We are seemingly too 
much concerned about the affairs of this world to 
do the part that it is our privilege to do. We neg- 
lect the " Father's business," forgetting that there 
is a day coming when retribution will be made, 
when we will be rewarded for every sacrifice we 
made for the cause of the Master. 

We are very willing now to let others do the 
work that, perhaps, it would be our duty to do. 
How will it be at the great reckoning day? Think 
ye that the receiving of the rewards by those 
who carried our share of the burden in this life will 
be witnessed with any degree of satisfaction then? 
That we may be equal sharers in the great inheri- 
tance of salvation let us all resolve to " spend and 
be spent," while time and opportunity is ours. 
There is much to be done. To meet the approba- 
tion of heaven we must either go and give the Gos- 
pel to the heathen, or help support those who 
are willing to go. Which will we do — go or give? 
" Who will go among the heathen, 
Wondrous worda of life to teach, 
That the Savior's love so precious 

May be known and shared by each 
Who in darkness now ia sitting 
Far beyond our power to reach? 
" Who will give to send the Gospel 
To the dwellers o'er the sea? 
Though from home we may not wander 

By our offerings glad and free, 
In the world's song of redemption 
Ours a glorious part may be." 
New Enterprise, Pa. 



STANLEY AS A MISSIONARY. 

When in 1875 Henry M. Stanley was circumnavi- 
gating the Victoria Nyanza in Central Africa, over 
a thousand miles from either seaboard, he discovered 
a man who since has played a part of some impor- 
tance in English colonial history— Mtesa, king of 
Uganda. In The Youth's Companion (December 20) 
Sir Henry — who is now a knight and member of 
Parliament— tells of his first meeting with this inter- 
esting African monarch and of some religious dis- 
cussions which they had together, showing Stanley 
in a decidedly new light. He writes: 

"One day in full court the subject of the white 
man's faith was broached. As I expounded, I ob- 
served fixed attention on the part of the king and 
courtiers such as I had not noticed before. The 
rule had been understood by all that talk should be 
brief and various, but now it became animated and 
continuous. Gestures, exclamations, and answers 
followed one another rapidly, and every face was 
lighted up by intense interest. When we finally ad- 
journed, the subject was not exhausted; greater cor- 
diality was in the hand-shakes at parting, and Mtesa 
urged that we should continue the discussion on 
the next day. And so we did for several days. It 
seemed that the comparisons of Mohammed with 
Jesus Christ were infinitely more fascinating than 
the most lively sketches of Europe, with its wonders 
and customs; and truly the description of the ac- 
cusation of Christ, his judgment by Pilate, and the 
last scene on Calvary was the means of rousing such 
emotion that I saw my powers of discerning charac- 
ter were extremely immature and defective. . . 

"We were deep in the decalogue when an unex- 
pected white visitor made his appearance in Uganda 
as suddenly almost as I had made mine. This was 
no other than Colonel Linant de Bellefonds, one of 
Gordon's staff, who had come on a political mission. 
Soon after the novelty of his arrival had somewhat 
worn away and the resumption of the decalogue was 
mooted, it struck Mtesa that it would be a prudent 
thing to question this other white man from the 
north regarding the things I had said about Jesus 
and Mohammed and the respective faiths. Some of 



the native chiefs had gone among the Arab traders 
and had been made uneasy in their minds by the 
arguments in behalf of Mohammedanism. It 
was proposed in open court to question Colonel 
Linant, and the chiefs assented. Fortunately for 
the confirmation of my statements, the colonel, al- 
though a Frenchman, happened to be a stanch Cal- 
vinist, and gave answers which corroborated me be- 
yond a doubt. We then resumed the writing of the 
decalogue, and in a short time it was finished. 

"Mtesa was dismayed that the period of my de- 
parture had arrived. I had already passed a longer 
time in his company than was prudent, seeing that I 
had such a large number of men depending upon me 
at the other end of the Nyanza. He began to de- 
vise various expedients for my delay, and had it not 
been for the presence of Colonel Linant, it might 
not have been an easy matter to leave him. He at 
last, after a firm refusal from me to remain longer, 
cried out, in a voice that had a tone of despair in it: 

" 'What is the use, then, of your coming to Ugan- 
da to disturb our minds if, as soon as we are con- 
vinced that what you have said has right and reason 
in it, you go away before we are fully instructed?' 

"Mtesa is under a misunderstanding,' I answered. 
' I am not an instructor in religion. I am simply a 
kirangozi [a pioneer] of civilization. When Mtesa 
goes to Usoga or to Ankori to make war, he first 
sends out guides and pioneers to point and clear the 
way for his army. That is what I do. When I go 
back to Europe, I must tell the white people the 
way that they should take to Uganda. Then those 
who may think they would like to do business with 
your people, or those who would wish to teach them 
the Christian faith, will come here by the way I have 
shown. If Mtesa really wishes that lawful instruct- 
ors should come to Uganda, he has but to say so, 
and I shall write to the people of England to that 
effect, and I am sure they will send the proper men 
for that purpose.' 'Then write, Stamlee' (the na- 
tive pronunciation of my name), 'and say to the 
white people that I am like a child sitting in dark- 
ness, and cannot see until I am taught the right 
way.' 

"I gladly consented, and on April 14, 1875, I 
made two copies of an appeal for missionaries to be 
sent to Uganda, one of which I enclosed under cover 
to General Gordon, and delivered to Colonel Linant. 
The other I intended to send by my own couriers 
overland to Zanzibar. Three days later I resumed 
my voyage. Four months passed, and I was again 
in Uganda, to continue, as circumstances permitted, 
the interesting task I had left unfinished. During 
the three months I remained with Mtesa, the trans- 
lations which we made from the gospels were very 
copious, and the principal events from the creation 
to the crucifixion were also fairly written out, form- 
ing a bulky library of boards. When the work was 
finished, it was solemnly announced in full court 
that for the future Uganda would be Christian and 
not Mohammedan." 

In consequence of the appeal made by Stanley in 
London and New York, a missionary fund of Sl5c£- 
000 was raised, and a band of five missionaries were 
sent to Uganda. Now a cathedral, 372 churches, 
and 97,575 converts are the result of the initial im- 
pulse which Stanley gave to missionary work in this 
field. For the above we are indebted to the fMerary 
Digest. _ 

THE BLESSEDNESS OP SIGHT. 
BY I, BENNETT TROUT. 

Go wash in the pool of Siloam.— John g: 7. 

These are the words of Jesus spoken to a poor 
man that had been born blind. The Master and 
some of his disciples were traveling together, and 
this man chanced to attract the notice of himself 
and his disciples. He was a most pitiable object as 
he sat there by the way, though the curiosity of the 
disciples was stirred, rather than their sympathy, 
for they were anxious to know whether the man 
had sinned or whether his blindness was the result 
of parental sins. We would possibly all be better 
Christians if we used our sympathy more and our 
curiosity less. 



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Jan. 19, I90I# 



This poor man had never been permitted to en- 
joy the beauties of nature, nor even to look into his 
mother's face. This world was one impenetrable 
darkness to him. He must have had strange 
thoughts about the universe as he groped his way 
in darkness, half oblivious to all around him. 
Blindness had sharpened his hearing and quickened 
his sense of feeling. With what trembling expecta- 
tion must he have stood before the Master, when 
the disciples asked, " Who did sin ? " He hears Je- 
sus say, " Neither." He listened to the voice of Je- 
sus. He felt the touch of his hand. As the quiver- 
ing leaf moves when fanned by the gentle breeze, so 
does he obey the voice of Jesus. Without question. 
ing results, " He went his way therefore, and 
washed, and came seeing." When he obeyed the 
voice of Jesus the world became new to him. What 
a blessed transformation, all the result of faithful 
obedience to Jesus. 

There are many groping their way in spiritual 
darkness. They have never seen the beauty of 
holiness, nor enjoyed the peace of God. Would we 
enjoy the blessedness of sight and enjoy life at its 
best, in its reality? Would we have the whole 
world take on a new appearance to us? Would we 
see life as it really should be? Then we must hear 
the voice of Jesus, we must feel his touch, we must 
do his bidding, and thus be brought into "the 
glorious liberty of the children of God." 

Jesus wrought the cure by using what was a com- 
mon remedy to the ancients. I do not doubt that 
this man had tried it many times, and had as many 
times been disappointed. Now when Jesus directs 
him, he will do as he says. Herein we detect his 
faith. The common things of life will be successful 
in the hands of Jesus, though they fail in the hands 
of men. "Whatever this may have taught the 
blind man, it is to us the symbol of the truth that 
light does not come by the instantaneous touch of 
Christ's hand as much as by our faithfully do- 
ing his bidding. It is he who is light; but it does not 
stream in suddenly upon the soul, but comes upon 
the man who, though blindly, yet faithfully gropes 
his way to the place Christ has bid him to go, and 
uses the means prescribed by him." When the 
man did this his sight was restored; not before. 

Receiving such a blessing from Jesus, embold- 
ened the man to confess to all men what had been 
done for him. He was not ashamed or afraid to 
tell the Pharisees and his neighbors what had been 
done, and how, and by whom. The world was now 
new to him, and why should he not tell the news to 
all men? His outward act had filled his heart with 
grace, and he now exercised in a new sphere. 
Through the power of Jesus, the whole world was new 
to him. The blessedness of sight was not simply 
external in its operation, but it was inward in its ap- 
plication. He was as new within, as the world was 
to him without. In fact the glories of new life in 
the soul were more precious to him than the beau- 
ties of the world around him. When he washed his 
eyes and received sight, Jesus washed his soul and 
filled him with life and light. 
Lanark, III. 

PORTO RICO. 

BY M. G. BRUMBAUGH, i"H. D. 

The cane is being cut now, Dec. 10. The mills 
will soon begin to grind. A magnificent crop is 
ready for the gathering. The sugar outlook is 
most promising. The sugar lands are very rich. 
Irrigation and the constant rains have bountifully 
enriched the cane. I am informed that one set- 
ting of the cane in the soil will produce as many as 
fourteen successive crops. In Louisiana, planters 
are glad for three, and usually are content with two 
crops from one setting. It is thus to be seen that 
the sugar industry here is destined to become a 
source of great gain to the island. To the shame 
of some planters they put their peons on half-day 
labor and wages, and then demand toil from day- 
light to two P. M. as a half-day. In this way the 
poor are made poorer; the rich, richer, and justice 
and equity are unknown. Laws must be enacted to 
correct such flagrant abuse of labor. 



The island is nominally Catholic. The children 
are, almost without exception, baptized into the 
church and are counted among the members. As 
in our own country, church services are most large- 
ly attended by women. Early mass on Sunday is 
attended, and then the Lord's Day becomes a day 
of pleasures. There is an absence of the elements 
that to us seem essential to the character of the 
day. This is shown by the market men at one's 
doors, the washerwomen returning the laundry, the 
servants scrubbing the houses, the holding of po- 
litical conventions and mass meetings, the people 
going on extended excursions, and the crowds as- 
sembling to lay wagers on cock fights, or gathering 
at a convenient house to dance. 

There is on the surface a lack of national seri- 
ousness that is painful to a conservative mind and a 
tender conscience. The Catholic church shared 
with the Spanish crown the proceeds of the insular 
treasury. When the American occupation occurred 
the state aid to the church suddenly ceased, and 
many church functions have suffered great financial 
loss. The church is impoverished. Its future is 
in great peril of contraction for lack of funds. A 
reorganization is, I am informed, being had along 
the lines of the American Catholic church. It is a 
grave error for any church to remove all payment 
of funds from its members. Increase of riches is 
not conducive of increased spirituality. When the 
members give they gain. To give to the work of 
the Lord, we know, is not to impoverish and to 
withhold is not to enrich. 

Protestant churches have sent missionaries here, 
—Episcopalian, Methodist, Presbyterian, English 
Baptist, and Lutheran denominations are repre- 
sented, and evangelical and undenominational 
agencies are at work. Where these missionaries 
speak in Spanish much good is in prospect. English 
services are, of course, limited to the few Americans 
on the island. 

We must not be too rash in our criticism of the 
Sabbath observance of these people. They are as 
all Latin races are, and, to our shame, it must be 
confessed that many Americans have not added one 
whit to the sacred character of the Sabbath observ- 
ance. Men from the States, active in church 
work; and, in some cases known to me, men who 
were for years supported by church institutions, 
came here and spent the Lord's Day in secular 
work for gain, or in pleasure excursions that in- 
volved the taking of lunches including intoxicating 
liquors. I have never seen but one intoxicated 
native. I wish I could say as much for the Ameri- 
cans. 
There are two classes of Americans here,— the ad- 
mturer and the genuine man of conscience and 
character. The former came to enrich themselves 
by making others poor; the latter came to impover- 
ish themselves that others might be made rich. Of 
both it is written, "They have their reward." 
( To be continued) 



NECJLECT OF OUR DUTIES. 

BY C. C. SHEETS. 



I want to give a little talk about the neglect of 
our duties as Christians. Do we visit the sick and 
cheer them up with our prayers and presents as we 
ought to do? And do we see to our poor and dis- 
tressed, and help them along? And do dur elders 
visit members as they are required to do? And are 
we trying to point out the way to heaven, to the 
unsaved as we ought to do? I fear we are over- 
looking these things too much. Let us see to these 
hmgs a little more in the future than we have in 
the pas , and try to do our duties and work a little 
dir "r r n M K a r' S VinCyard th " We "«« been 
us for' it " f ° r " Snd G ° d Wi " reward 

Go work in my vineyard, there is plenty to do 
The harvest ,s great and the laborers are few. If 
■ve will influence our friends and point out the way 
■f savafon to them, it will be the building up of 
Christ s cause, as well as adding unto our church 
and we will be doing our duty as" a Christian pe I 



pie. Let us be up and about Christ's work. Let us 
scatter the seed of the Gospel wherever we go. 
Often speaking a word to some poor sinner, about 
our dear Savior, will be the cause of his coming to 
Christ, which will be a star added to our crown. 
Let us earnestly ask God to help us in building up 
his cause, in this part of his moral vineyard. 
Dorcas, Va. 

BACKBONE. 

BY RICHARD ARNO DASSDORF. 

Backbone is the great need of every person to- 
day. Let us study the life of Noah as he stood 
among a mad crowd. Take the father Abraham, as 
he stood beside the altar, lifting his knife to sacri- 
fice his only son Isaac. Such obedience to God! 
Take Daniel as he was kneeling in the lions' den; or 
my own countryman, Dr. Martin Luther, as he stood 
in Worms. Let us come nearer to our own Breth- 
ren. Take Alexander Mack, who came to this land 
in 1729 A. D. All of these men had good back- 
bone. 

I traveled so far around the world without 
backbone, because I believed my wicked friends 
more than some older people with backbone. But 
through God's help I found soon that I can come to 
nothing with this kind of friends who smoked and 
drank. Little after little I left these friends, began 
to attend church services, and from that time I have 
had success. 

We are living now in an age which calls for men 
with backbone. How often I had invitations to go 
to church festivals, etc.; but I refused and remained 
at home alone in my room and studied. The next 
day I did not have headache and the people had 
nothing to speak about me. Certainly I made ene- 
mies, but what are these when Jesus is my friend? 

How many young men accept high offices to-day 
only to make money in order to make their life easy 
so that they can live in splendor. They have no 
backbone. Young men to-day need backbone in 
order to stand for right and truth. I know men at 
the present time who sell everything, only to have 
a drink of whiskey. This kind have no backbone. 

Also there is need of backbone to-day in business. 
Only think, we live in an age where men are nearly 
driven to dishonesty. We need backbone in so- 
ciety, association, conversation, and especially to be 
a good Christian, to answer the infidels. But I am 
very sorry to say that we have at the present time 
so many men who have the appearance of Chris- 
tians, but they are not Christians at all, We have 
too many who have only one day's religion, and not 
six days' religion. My earnest prayer is that God 
will give every Christian some backbone. 
Rockton, Pa. 



WHAT WILL THE HARVEST BE? 

BY ALICE C. BLOUGH. 



Yes, what will the harvest be for men and na- 
tions of this day? What are they sowing? There 
is strife continually somewhere between the nations. 
What will the end be and what are the recording 
angels noting down? Does it cause them to smile 
or shed tears, and, brother, sister, which shall our 
sowing cause, smiles or tears? 

People are living so fast, everything is so 
cramped and hurried, that we do not take time to 
think. But what a good thing it would be if every 
one would take time for solid thought sometimes, 
and take this verse as a basis of thought, " Be not 
deceived, God is not mocked; for whatsoever a 
man soweth, that shall he also reap." What is 
contained in it is almost appalling, when we con- 
fer ,t aright. We understand by it that as we sow 
so shall we reap; as we do, so shall it be done unto 
us. If we sow unkind words and deeds, such shall 

r^T [ S V hlS rea " y ' rUe? U is not V «V P'^- 
ant to think about. It seems so much easier to the 
average human being to sow things that would not 
be pleasant or profitable to reap. Why is it? It is 
because of self, is it not? Some one encroaches 
upon our rights a little, says or does something we 



Jan. 19, 1901. 

do not like. Of course that is too much for this 
dear self of ours. We must have vengeance, and if 
we can get it no other way we try to get it with our 
tongue. Oh, what seed that is to sow! Is that the 
example Christ set for us? "When he was reviled, 
he reviled not again." 

What a blessing it is to have in the church or 
community people who attend strictly to their own 
business, who have charity for other people, and 
who do not always have the big " I " before them. 
Such people never cause strife. The talebearer 
never goes to them with his thorns and thistles. 
He knows his seed would not thrive on such 
ground. Dear brethren and sisters, let us be care- 
ful how we sow, so we need not reap in tears, but in 
joy. We are always sowing seed, either good or 
evil. We sow by our words, deeds, actions, dress, 
and general deportment. Do you know of anyone 
who speaks unkind words about others, causes 
strife, etc.? Does he receive kind words and re- 
spect from his fellow-men? We reap in this life, as 
well as in the life to come. 

We should try to live such noble lives that the 
seed we sow by our actions and deeds will be such 
that it will inspire others to live above gossip, and 
all such things as tend to debase. God forbid that 
we sow such seed as will spring up in some heart, 
grow and lead that soul down to perdition. 

Our sowing needs careful consideration. We 
have no idea how far it reaches. If it is good the 
further it goes, the better; but if evil what then? 
It is said evil multiplies faster than good. It seems 
to be human nature to remember evil rather than 
good. The Bible says we should lay up treasures 
in heaven. By sowing seeds of kindness and love 
we lay up treasures in heaven. The fields of sin are 
so large — will we help to make them still larger, or 
will we sow seed that will win for Christ? The 
flesh is weak; there are many temptations, but Jesus 
has promised to help overcome them all if we sin- 
cerely ask him. Let us sow in such a way that we 
may reap the imperishable riches. 

''Oh, the reaping time, it must surely come, 
For the Master's word is given, 
That grain from seed that the faithful sow 
Shall be garnered home iu heaven." 

Manassas, Va. 



I'HE GOSPEL OyEESSEISTia-itJJK,. 



17 



BURDENS OP WEALTH. 



The subject of this article has been, no doubt, 
impressing the minds of many persons lately. 
When reading the daily papers we learn of the ex- 
perience of Mr. Cudahy, of Omaha, Nebr. His son 
was kidnapped and carried off and a ransom of 
twenty-five thousand dollars demanded with a 
threat to destroy the boy's vision with acid if the 
money was not paid. The money was left accord- 
ing to directions at a place where the criminals 
could find it. His son was returned to him. 

Some days after this successful move the papers 
reported an attempt to kidnap the son of a million- 
aire in Pennsylvania; but after they had taken the 
boy some distance they ascertained that it was 
the son of the wealthy man's gardener and the boy 
was released. Persons who count their wealth by 
the million have reason to be uneasy now for awhile, 
as this sort of crime pays well when successfully 
carried out. It is only those who are wealthy that 
have any cause for fear, and no doubt many who 
often wish themselves rich are just now thankful 
that they do not belong to that class. 

As we study the conditions of the human family 
we are more and more impressed with the thought 
that all conditions and circumstances of life have 
their joys and their sorrows and that our Creator 
has arranged matters that everything is pretty well 
balanced. While the wealthy have their luxuries 
which money can buy, they do not bring happiness, 
and the extra burdens imposed by wealth balance 
against the pleasures. 

So it goes in other phases of life. The Apostle 
Paul says, " He that desires the office of a bishop 
desireth a good work," It is not wrong, then, for 



a man to desire the office if the motive be proper. 
A quotation from a private letter lately received 
shows up the other side somewhat: "The time was 
in my life when I thought it was of some importance 
to be a bishop, but I have long since got over that. 
Really, there is nothing in the office but a great 
deal of hard work and not a small amount of re- 
sponsibility." Christ struck the balance when he 
said, " He that will be greatest, let him be the serv- 
ant." 

The lesson for us all to learn is contentment with 
such things as we have, remembering that the man 
with two talents can be as happy as the one with ten. 
When the Lord comes to reckon with his servants 
the rewards will not be measured by the amount of 
work done as men count, but rather by the faithful- 
ness displayed in the place it may be our lot to fill, 
no matter how humble it may be. 

Saginaw, Texas, 



THE DEDICATION. 

Synopsis of the Sirmon by Elder S. F. Sangir in Girard, 
III. ; Reported by Lizzie H, Brubaker. 

Heb. 10; 23, 24, 25; Psalms 122. 
The work of dedication should not have been put 
off until to-day. Our whole life should be dedica- 
tion. We should rededicate our lives to God. 

1. The purpose of public worship. 

2. The benefit of public worship. 

Too many think that God lives away off. We 
should realize that God dwells among us. The ob- 
ject of the meetinghouses should be to battle and 
work against the devil; (1) a temple; (2) the altar; 
(3) the sacrifice; (4) the priesthood. 

The benefit of public worship: The church of God 
is to gladden the heart and drive away all the sor- 
rows and troubles. Another reason we should go 
to church is for supplies. We generally get what 
we go for. Let us go with large baskets and the 
Lord will fill them for us. The sanctuary is a place 
to be fed with love and righteousness. We should 
go into the house of the Lord full of love and 
make every one feel at home. The benefit of wor- 
ship does not come to the Christian only. As we 
go up unto the house of God our influence goes 
out. We come to Christ sometimes, but we do not 
touch him. 

We should not go to church by ourselves but we 
should take our families. Worship is for the whole 
family. 

What are the hindrances that keep so many 
from going to church? (1) Indifference. (2) The 
newspaper. (3) The Sunday excursions. (4) Sun- 
day amusements. (5) The club rooms and lodges. 
These are the hindrances of the sanctuary. We 
should plead for the sanctuary and try to save our 
children from these influences and get them, if 
possible, to serve the God that will make them free 
from sin. May we, like David, pray and work for 
peace, joy and happiness, and thereby gain eternal 
life. 

Girard, III, 



OLD CARROLLTON. 



iBxtmetfmna Sir 



1 by Wall 



"I," remarked the aged minister, "said to the 
conductor, 'I think I see something familiar in your 
features. May I ask your name?' 'Ah! and were 
you one of that true father's sons, and lived back in 
dear old Carrollton? Yes, yes; I see the features of 
your parents well; but how strange we meet as we 
do now! But, kind friend, how fares it with old 
Carrollton? "The negro and the mule; the cotton 
and the corn, — they occupy old Carrollton to- 
day.'"" 

Then, turning to the congregation with eyes moist, 
and a voice trembling with emotion, he continued, 
"Well did I know old Carrollton when a boy; well 
did I know old Carrollton when a man — proudest and 
richest city of the South when slavery was in vogue. 
Beautiful streets, stately mansions, flowing foun- 
tains, flaunty shadows, flowery gardens, fleety grand- 
eur; — walks, paths, posterns, aught of magnificence, 



aught of culture environed; and, lol on the mellow 
of twilight, stirring each pillar, pendant with ver- 
dure, strains of music exuded." 

Then turning with a look of anguish, he continued, 
"O Carrollton, Carrollton! Thy beauty, thy efful- 
gence, thy wealth exalted thee. Thy opulence 
made thee vain. All that labored within thee were 
servants and slaves." 

Then, as if a keener pang passed through his 
memory, he said, "Even the minister of the Gospel 
was a servant, debarred from social privileges— a 
slave. He, the breaker of God's will to man, too 
low, too vulgar, for thy palaces and thy portions — 
he, the man dedicated to God, unworthy a part of 
thy rich viands, a place at thy hearthstone. Shame, 
shame, ' Go, man of God, eat at the public house, like 
thy fellow- craftsmen 1 ' Thustoo proud to open thy 
domestic doors to them, Old Carrollton, they feed 
at public houses; break the living bread to thy stiff- 
necked populace, and depart with their hire." 

Then, raising his voice, he continued, "Many say 
it was an accident. Was it an accident that Chaldea 
lies buried in the dust? that Egypt is a desolation? 
that Chorazin is but a name? that foxes and conies 
dwell in Bethsaida? that owls and bats haunt the 
wrecks of Capernaum? No. It was the result of 
disobedience, the effrontery of pride. So it is with 
thee, bewept Carrollton; thy blackened dwellings 
are the haunts of desolation; thy gardens, lawns and 
streets converted into corn and cotton fields." 

Brethren, can we sec the same line of events to- 
day, the same delusive voice of pride? We see 
them too plainly. Then let us profit by this lamen- 
tation and look to the promise that surpasses ex- 
pression. 

Wabasso, Fla. 



THE POPB'S TWENTIETH CENTURY MESSAO.B. 

The mind of the pope is broadening to a sur- 
prising extent. Here is his recent message, en- 
titled, " Jesus Christ Our Redeemer." His charita- 
ble views will be kindly received by the Protestants 
in all lands, as well as by the Catholics: 

"The greatest misfortune is never to have known 
Jesus Christ. Christ is the fountain head of all 
good. Mankind can no more be saved without his 
power than it can be redeemed without his mer- 
cy. 

" When Jesus Christ is absent human reason fails, 
being bereft of its chief protection and light; and 
the very end is lost sight of for which, under 
God's providence, human society has been built 
up. 

" To reject dogma is simply to deny Christianity. 
It is evident that they whose intellects reject the 
yoke of Christ are obstinately striving against God. 
Having shaken off God's authority, they are by no 
means freer, for they will fall beneath some human 
sway, 

" God alone i 
life, but are not 
by his very nature, 
truth,' because he i 
not in me, he shall 



life. All other beings partake of 
ife. Christ, from all eternity and 
s ' the life' just as he is 'the 
God of God. ' If anyone abide 
be cast forth as a branch, and 
shall wither, and they shall gather him up and cast 
him into the fire, and he burnetii.' (John 25: 6.) 

"Once remove all impediments and allow the 
spirit of Christ to revive and grow in a nation, and 
that nation shall be healed. 

" The world has heard enough of the so-called 
' rights of men.' Let it hear something of the 
rights of God. 

"The common welfare urgently demands a re- 
turn to him from whom we should never have gone 
astray; to him who is the way, the truth, and the 
life — and this on the part not only of individuals 
but of society as a whole." 



A beautiful behavior is better than a beautiful 
form; it gives a higher pleasure than statues and 
pictures; it is the finest of fine arts. — Emerson. 



Every good desire is a plant of God's own rais- 
ing; and every desire after righteousness shall be 
fed, watered, and satisfied. 



i 



THE GOSPEL 3yEIDSSE3SrC3-BK,. 



Jan. 19, igoj 



PREACHERS' DEPARTMENT. 



Sermon Thoughts, Homilhtical Suggestions and Aids 
for the Minister. 



THE PREACHER'S MODEL. 

BY JOHN E. HOHLER. 

When it comes to successful preaching, pure and 
simple, of Christ, history records no greater preach- 
er than John the Baptist. No other man approach- 
es him in success. The wilderness was his auditor- 
ium to which he drew all the cities round about, and 
from his pulpit there he stirred the nation. Herod 
himself trembled lest his subjects should mass 
against him with the wonderful preacher at their 
head, and this is perhaps the hidden reason why he 
stopped his voice by the prison walls. And now if 
you are looking for a model to make your preach- 
ing a success, you will do well to cast all others 
crying in the wilderness." 
are to preach, and with John 
ot fail. 

success is not a Ion? 



THE ♦ SUNDAY ♦ SCHOOL. 



LESSON LIGHT-FLASHES. 
Christ Silences the Pharisees.— Matt, i 



OUR PRHVEf* ^VlHHTIflG. 



: 3A-46- 



aside for the " vi 
Christ is the one 
as your model you 

The story of the Baptist' 



He told it 1 



fe 



ds when he described 
himself as "a voice." The preacher to-day who 
has a good voice considers that a step on the road 
to success, but the man who is himself a voice is 
nine-tenths of the way ahead. John, with lips 
sealed, would have spoken louder than men of elo- 
quence whose speech is all in their tongue. Every- 
thing about him spoke. His very environments— 
the wilderness— led in speech, for it was a sacred 
place to the Jews. From the wilderness had the 
tabernacle come, the law sprung, and the priest- 
hood and Levites were ordained there, and what 
more seemly than that the messenger of God 
should there first appear? His dress spoke, for it 
was a prophet's garb. His manner of sustenance 
spoke, for his food was heaven's gift to all. His 
firmness had a word also, for he was the very op- 
posite of "a reed shaken by the wind." His fear- 
lessness and self-denial rang out in clear notes to 
all when he rebuked Herod, and trod the desert 
stones rather than the cool halls of " king's houses." 
Wasn't he a voice?— an expressive voice, a clear 
voice, an earnest voice, a consecrated voice, and 
withal, a loud one? And would you be an effective 
preacher, go and be likewise. 
Wanensburg, Mo. 



of th 
:ady to 



SETTLE NOW. 

BY MARY ELLER. 

Not long ago, near a coal mine in Colorado 
there was a series of meetings in progress. A 
young miner attended the services regularly. At 
last he came to the conclusion that he must make 
his peace with God. 

After services one evening he made his wants 
known to the minister, who told him, as it was then 
late, to wait until a more convenient time, The 
young man then told him that he could wait no 
longer, that it must be settled that night, for the 
angel of death might come and settle his fate for- 
ever. 

He was received into the church that night and 
went home happy. The next morning, as he was 
descending the shaft, the cable broke, which caused 
him to fall a great distance and caused his death. 

Yes, we should settle with God now, for we do 
not know what moment we may be hurled into 
eternity prepared or unprepared, without a mo- 
ment's warning and then it will be too late. How 
important that we make our peace, calling and elec- 
tion sure now, while it is to-day, for to-morrow 
may not be ours in which to prepare. 

Moline, Kans. 



Lesson for Jan. 27, igoi. 
Golden Text— What think ye of Christ?— Matt. 22: 42. 
Christ was the pivotal center of opposition of all 
those who represented the religious el 
world. Everybody seemed willing ai 
join hands to suppress and destroy the very 
that everybody needed. No matter how strange 
nnatural this may seem to be, it was a mani- 
fest truth. Though the Christ came through hum- 
ble birth and was most gentle, kind and unobtru- 
sive in his life and work, yet the world arrayed it- 
self against him. 

In the first part of this chapter we have the Sad- 
ducees asking him questions by which they hoped 
to entangle him and find accusation against him. 
But in every case they failed. The Pharisees, feel- 
ing that they could be more successful, also tried 
what they could do. And in doing this they used 
the greatest precaution, so that they might not also 
fail. They had with them a lawyer or teacher of the 
law. He was supposed, and perhaps was, their rep- 
resentative man both in being well versed in the 
law and also of fine address. He was chosen as 
peaker because he was able and shrewd, going to 
how that the Christ, in their own estimation, was a 
man worthy of their best. And he proceeded to 
ask him a very grave question; not that he cared to 
know, but to tempt him to say an unguarded word 
or something that they might bring against him as 
an accusation. 

But how mistaken they were in their man! They 
might have been able to prepare foot-falls for each 
other. But how could they entrap the Son of God 
— the one who was all-wise? The question is, 
" Which is the great commandment of the law? " 

What kind of an answer was expected, of course, 
we don't know. But the hope was that it would be 
one that might make trouble. The world always 
had this kind of people. And we still have a few 
of them. They form the thorns in the flesh of 
those who desire to do good and to make the lives 
of others sweeter and more pleasant. But let us 
look at the answer. The great commandment, 
which ,s it? It is possible, had we given the an- 
swer, that it might have been difficult, because we 
:alize how great is this commandment. 
This lawyer may have thought of others than the 
one he named. And there may have been some in 
his mind that he had himself violated more than 
this one To love the Lord God with all the heart, 
soul and mind is a great thing to do. And yet 
there were those who felt that they were and had 
been doing ,t from their youth up. The young 
man who came to Christ after eternal life said thai 
he had been keeping all these from his youth uo_ 

Lord half as much as he thought he did He 
loved his possessions more. And so did this law- 
yer. And perhaps the same might be said of many 
of us. This is the reason why so many of u 
not following the Master. We are following after 
other things because we love them more than w" 
love Jesus. 

Christ knew the kind of treatment this man 
needed, and he dosed him well. He tells him of a 
second command which was about the same as the 
first. Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself" 
Keep these two and you will have no further need 
This settled the question b 



BIBLE CHARACTERISTICS OF THE CHURCH 
OF OOD. 

For Week Ending Feb. 3. 

The Body of Christ, Eph. 1 : 22, 23; Christ's fullness, Eph. 



5:23; Col. .... 

2. The Bride of Christ, Rev. ig: 7; 
" Lamb's wife." 

3. A Building of God, I Cor. 3: 
through the Spirit," Eph. 2: 20-2 

4. The House of God, I Tim 

5. The Temple of God I Cor. 3: 16; "of th 



122:17. She is the 

9; " an habitation of God, 
22; God's sanctuary, 
Christ's "own house," Heb. 



Cor. 6: 16. 



e living God," 2 
the pillar and ground of 



6. The People of God, Roi 
the truth," 1 Tim. 3: 15. 

7, The CityofGod, Psa. 46: 4; 48: I; 87: 3; 122: 3; "beautiful 
for situation " and renowned for unity; God's delight, Ps. 132: 
13, 14; " the city of the living God," Heb. 12: 22; " the city 
of solemnities," Isa. 33: 20; " a city not forsaken," Isa. 62: 
12; "the city of the Great King," Psa. 48: 2; the golden 
city, the " new Jerusaler 






Psa, 80: 15; Mark 12: 1. ' Planted 
nd tended with the greatest care, 



9. A Sheepfbld. John 

ided by high walls ; 



: of beauty. Isa. 27: 



j ihe 



6. Always a place of security, 
ad well guarded, with only one 

. Beloved of Christ. Eph, 5 : 25. "He gave himself for it. 
What greater proof of love could he have given? John 15 : 
13. He purchased it with his own blood, Acts 20: 28; 1 
Pet. 1: 18, 19. He sanctifies it by his word, Eph. 5: 26, 
It is his body— the fullness of him that filleth all in all. 



We are really becoming old when we outgrow 
our enthusiasms. The man who can sustain his in- 
terest in what is going on, and his hopefulness as to 
the general outcome of things, has the main char- 
acteristics of youth.— Watchman. 



T . , . , ~ uwt question business 

They had two large and hard problems to ' 

And as the magnitude began to dawn upon them 
they were satisfied to ask no more TV,. \ 
than they asked for. And so th, fl T^ 
t-i so ttie Lord alwavs 

gives. The question with us should not be whS 
the great command, but, Lord help us to keep them 

■ . H. B. B. 

Patience is the ballast of the soul, that will keep 
it from rolling and tumbling i„ n, p 

Bishop Hoptil. " g '" thC greatest 5t °™- 



PRAYING FOR THE POOR. 

SELECTED BY JOSEPH CRUMRINE. 

We are taught in the Bible to pray for the poor; 
but in the Scriptures a great deal more is said about 
giving to the poor than about praying for them. 
Probably no class of people are more frequently 
remembered in prayer than the congregation of the 
Lord's poor, and yet it is to be feared that most of 
those who pray for the poor do but little if any- 
thing to supply their wants. 

A farmer whose cribs were full of corn was ac- 
customed to pray that the wants of the needy might 
be supplied; but when anyone in needy circum- 
stances asked for a little of his corn he said he had 
e to spare. One day, after hearing his father 
pray for the poor and the needy, his little son said 
to him, " Father, I wish I had your corn." " Why, 
my son; what would you do with it?" asked the 
father. The child replied: " I would answer your 
prayer." 

We can answer our own prayers oftener than we 
think, with regard to the poor. Jesus says: "Ye 
have the poor with you always,' and whensoever ye 
will ye may do them good." How many answers 
to prayers depend on our willingness to do good! 
The poet says: 

" He prayetb well who loveth well, 
Both man and bird and beast; 
He prayeth best who loveth best, 
All things both great and small. 
For the great God who loveth us 
He made and loveth all." 



A MOTHER'S INFLUENCE. 



Susanna Wesley was the mother of nineteen 
children. Though straitened in circumstances and 

ivmg m a disturbed time, she taught each child to 
respect the rod, to cry softly, to eat what was set 
before him, and to be regular in his habits. Con- 
fession of a fault always averted punishment. No 
lesson was left till it was perfect. The home life 
centred around the family altar, with its open Bi- 
ble and its incense of praise. Thus early in life, 

hat faith was born in the children which made John 
and Charles Wesley towers of strength in the king- 
dom and that self-control was acquired which sus- 
tained them in the face of mobs and amidst other 

If God were to smile upon the man who hates 
I his brother, devils would soon be happy. 



Jan. 19. 1901. 



THE GOSPEL MESSEITQER. 



39 



HOME * AND * FAMILYh 



DON'T MAKE THE WRINKLES DEEPER. 



SELECTED BY M. V. HA 

Is father's eyesight growing dim, 

His form a little lower? 
Is mother's hair a little gray, 

Her step a little slower? 
Is life's hill growing hard to climb? 

Make not their pathway steeper, 
Smooth oat the furrows on their brows, 

O, do not make them deeper. 
There's nothing makes a face so yoang, 

As joy, youth's fairest token; 
And nothing makes a face grow old, 

Like hearts that have been broken. 
Take heed lest deeds of thine should make 

Thy mother be a weeper; 
Stamp peace upon a father's brow, 

Don't make the wrinkles deeper. 
In doubtful pathways do not go, 

Be tempted not to wander; 
Grieve not the hearts that love you so, 

But make their love grow fonder. 
Much have thy parents borne for thee, 

Be now their tender keeper; 
And let them lean upon thy love. 

Don't make the wrinkles deeper. 

Be lavish with thy loving deeds, 

Be patient, true and tender; 
And make the path that age-ward leads, 

Aglow with earthly splendor. 
Some day, thy dear ones, stricken low, 

Mnst yield to death, the reaper; 
And you will then be glad to know, 

You made no wrinkles deeper. 



IS A WORRYINQ WOMAN EVER A GOOD 
HOUSEKEEPER? 

Worry is never a help in any proper occupation 
of man or woman. It is a hindrance in any and 
every line of practical service. Peculiarly is it true 
that in housekeeping, where woman is at her best, 
and where her power is greatest for good to all 
those who are within the sacred circle of home in- 
fluence, as permanent members or occasional visit- 
ors, worry and fretting and trouble of the mind are 
only disturbing elements, tending to the lessening 
of the matron's power, and to the discomfort of all 
who are in any way dependent on her for comfort 
or supply. On the contrary, quietness of mind, 
restfulness of spirit, and composure of manner, are 
elements of power in a housekeeper, and of good 
to all who are affected by her efforts or labors. 

This would seem to be an indisputable truth, yet 
it is not universally accepted, nor is it even be- 
lieved by all who seriously consider the question as 
a question. A proof of this assertion is found in 
the Bible narrative of the two kinds of women, — 
the restless, worrying one, and the placid, trustful 
one: Martha and Mary in the home in Bethany, — 
and in the ordinary comments on those two by th> 
average reader, and even by many a preacher am 
commentator. This makes the whole subject one 
worthy of careful consideration by all who would 
know God's will for good women as the best part of 
God's creation, and also for men who are lower 
down on the scale. Many a Bible reader actually 
seems to be of the opinion that the worrying wom- 
an was the better housekeeper of these two. And 
this it is that raises the question, " Is a worrying 
woman ever a good housekeeper?" 

That Bethany home was one of the homes of Je- 
sus, — a home of sacred friendship, a home where 
Jesus was always welcome, a home in connection 
with which we know more of the tenderer side of 
his human and social nature than we learn from any 
other portion of his life story. On one occasion, 
when Jesus came to that home needing human 
sympathy, both sisters wanted to do him honor. 
Mary recognized him as Master and Teacher, as 
something more than an ordinary guest, and she 
promptly took her place at his feet,— the Oriental 
position of an appreciative pupil, — ready to hear 
and heed his words. Martha, like the ordinary Ori- 
ental hostess, set herself to prepare food for her 
guest. Without stopping to inquire what was his 



special need, she began to work and to worry over 
her plans of accustomed hospitable provision. 

It was at this point that the unlovely and unhelp- 
ful side of Martha showed itself, and called out a 
rebuke from Jesus. Because of that censure of Je- 
sus it is our duty to recognize the reason for it. To 
Martha the restful inaction of Mary at the feet of 
Jesus was inexcusable. In the freedom and famil- 
iarity of friendship, but none the less inexcusable 
on that account, Martha bustled into the presence 
f Jesus, and rudely rebuked him, as it were, for 
seeming to aid and approve her sister's lack of 
helpfulness. 

' Lord, dost thou not care that my sister did 
leave me to serve alone? bid her therefore that she 
help me." 

Now, apart from any question of the relative 
qualities of .the two sisters, will any one say that 
this act of Martha's was courteous and considerate 
toward her guest? Would it be polite or kindly or 
proper toward a guest in your house, whom you 
were entertaining, or preparing to entertain, to 
burst in upon him when he was talking with an- 
other member of the family, and to suggest to him 
bluntly that he ought to know better than to keep 
away from her proper work in the household a 
needed member of the family with whom he was 
conversing? Can a woman be called a good house- 
keeper who would conduct herself in this way as a 
hostess? How did Jesus seem to look at this? He 
never made a mistake on such a point or on any 
other. What did he say? 

"The Lord answered [Martha] and said unto her, 
Martha, Martha, thou art anxious and troubled 
about many things: but one thing is needful; for 
Mary hath chosen the good part, which shall not be 
taken away from her." 

In these words Jesus evidently reproved Martha 
and approved Mary for their relative courses of ac- 
tion in this matter. However we may wonder that 
he did so, we shall have to admit that this was his 
course. And if we examine yet more closely, we 
shall see that his words were eminently consistent 
with his other teachings. To be " cumbered," as 
Jesus said Martha was, is, as the Greek word means, 
to " be distracted," to be drawn this way and that, 
instead of being intent on the one thing to be done. 
Even in getting a dinner, or in doing anything else, 
Martha, in the exercise of this trait, could not give 
her whole attention to the one thing she had to do. 
In this Martha lacked the main essential of a good 
housekeeper, — the ability to give her undivided at- 
tention to the one thing she had to do for the time 
being. This is clearly implied or included in the 
rebuke of Jesus. Again, to be " anxious," as the 
Revision reads, or to be "careful," as the old ver- 
sion gave it, and " troubled" about many things, 
is to be perplexed and in a tumult as to pressing 
duty. That, surely, was not right in Martha, as Je- 
sus plainly pointed out her error. We are distinct- 
ly told not to be anxious or to be troubled at any 
time, and the housekeeper or the business man who 
fails at this point fails in a vital matter. 

In the question brought before Jesus, by Martha, 
as to her course in comparison with Mary, he does 
not hesitate to render an explicit decision. He re- 
bukes Martha's course in every particular that he 
touches on without saying a word of approval of 
her. He unqualifiedly commends Mary's course 
without a word of censure for her. Is not this final- 
ly conclusive as to the point at issue? One would 

think so 

Martha was wrong in being anxiously worried 
over many things that might be done, instead of at- 
tending faithfully to her single duty of the hour. 
This Jesus recognized, and therefore he reproved 
her. Mary was right in doing the one thing that 
was to be done, when her divine Master and Guest 
wanted just that duty done, and for this Jesus com- 
mended her. 

Mary had the qualities that would make a better 
housekeeper than was Martha. She could do more 
work, and do it better, in an hour or in a day, than 
could Martha; and she would make less fuss over it, 
and this would be less annoying to herself, to her 
family, and to her guests. We have every reason 



to suppose that this was evidenced in her every-day 
practice. 

We have no authority for supposing that Martha 
was the only one of the sisters to attend to the 
housekeeping in the Bethany home, and that Mary 
left it all to her to do. The very fact that Martha 
came to Jesus with her complaint that Mary was 
failing to help on that particular occasion indicates 
that Martha was accustomed to expect Mary's help 
at ordinary times. Jesus, as a loving guest, had 
certainly a right to the presence and listening ear 
of at least one of the sisters. Martha, when it was 
her turn in the kitchen, evidently wanted both Je- 
sus and Mary to be at her service; for that is the 
way with fidgety and fussy women when they have 
their work to attend to. 

If it had been Mary's turn in the kitchen, she 
would have attended to her one duty there, and 
have been glad to have Martha, meantime, filling 
her place, as a good listener, at the feet of Jesus. 
Mary would not then have left the kitchen in order 
to complain of Martha, and to make her guest un- 
comfortable, True hospitality shows itself in other 
ways toward a guest than in getting a dinner at 
the cost of discomfort to all in the house, guests 
included. 

The story of the sisters in Bethany shows us how 
a true woman is to do a true woman's work, what- 
ever that work may be, by attending to it at the 
proper time, and not seeming to be worried over it, 
or about anything else. It shows us, moreover, how 
not to be efficient as a housekeeper through worry- 
ing and fretting. 

Here is also a lesson for men in their sphere, as 
well as for women in theirs. " A double-minded 
man [or a man cumbered with a divided purpose] 
is unstable [and therefore ineffective] in all his 
ways." Man or woman is really efficient in choos- 
ing and in attending to the one thing needful for 
the hour. The Bible record is clear on that point, 
whatever preachers or commentators, or thought- 
less business men, or inefficient housewives, may 
think or say on the subject. — 5. S. Times. 



THE BEAUTIFUL HYMNS. 



How 
hymns, 

praise! How thankful w 
ent to sing beautiful hyn 
posed by those who have 
study, and how much coi 
can sing them over whe 



ve can worship God by singing 
Webster defines them, songs of 
; should be if we have a tai- 
ns which have been corn- 
made the subject a special 
ifort they give us when we 
] about our regular duties, 
time and opportunity do not permit us to 
meet in the sanctuary as most of our brethren and 
sisters do from time to time. 

How soul-cheering to sing the good old hymns, 
" Nearer, my God, to Thee," and " Jesus, Lover of 
My Soul," when sung just loud enough to have a 
pleasant sound. 

What would our meetings be if it were not for the 
singing? I think we should sing more than we do, if 
we would be cheerful Christians. When we have 
been discouraged, singing has done us much good. 
May we continue praising God while spared on 
earth. 

South Strabane, Pa. 



HUrlBLB SOURCES. 



Lord Shaftesbury, in his childhood, was left by 
his parents without love or training in faith. Often, 
though the son of an earl, he would cry from lone- 
liness and hunger. The servant, Maria Millis, used 
to take him in her lap, give him sympathy, read to 
him from the Bible, and teach him how to pray. 
All his long life when thought of her was in his 
mind, he would say that she was the best friend he 
ever had. If she had not led him out into a life in 
Christ, what untold loss to the world! The children 
of England might yet be smothered in the mines 
and beaten and starved in the manufactories, and 
the insane cruelly treated. In the providence of 
God the weak things often confound the mighty. 



THE GOSPEL IMTESSZEHSTa-IEIR-- 



Jan. 19, 1901, 



THE GOSPEL MESSENGER, 

A RELIGIOUS WEEKLY, 

Brethren Publishing House, 

The General Missionary and Tract Committee, 
22 & 24 South State Street, Elgin, III. 



Subscription, 



- - $1.60 per Annum in advance. 



d Pom Office nl El s ln. 

The meetinghouse at North Dayton, Ohio, known 
as the Jordan house, is to be dedicated Jan. 20. 

Bro. Chas. M. Yearout's meetings in the Anti- 
och church, Va., closed with nineteen accessions. 



Bro. Otho Winger closed a series of meetings at 
Lakeside, Ind., with six accessions by confession 
and baptism. 

The Sunday School Secretary for Southern Illi- 
nois, at this time, is Bro. J. J. Scrogum. He should 
be addressed at Fairfield, 111. 



Next week we shall publish all the Annual Meet- 
ing queries so far sent us, along with some other 
Annual Meeting matter of importance. 



A ministerial and Bible Normal term will be 
held at Goshen, Ind., commencing Feb. 4, and clos- 
ing Feb. 24. A more extended notice next week. 



Some time ago Bro. Jacob Bahr, of Damascus, 
Oregon, fell and received injuries from which he is 
not likely to soon recover. He has been confined 
to his bed since December 6. 



Those who send marriage notices should remit 
50 cents with each notice. This has been the rule 
of the house for several years. The money thus re- 
ceived is turned over to the mission cause. 



Bro. Geo. D. Zollers is to commence a series of 
meetings at Yale, Iowa, on the evening of Jan. 19. 
So writes Bro. J. D. Haughtelin, who says that three 
recently united with the church at Coon River. 



Many are the words of commendation coming to 
this office because of the Sunday School Commen- 
tary we are furnishing our people this year. The 
Sunday-school workers seem to be greatly pleased 
with the book. 

The meetings at Batavia, conducted by Bro. Archy 
VanDyke, closed last Sunday evening with an en- 
couraging interest. The Brethren say they had 
good meetings, and further fruits are expected. 
One was reclaimed to the joy of many. 



Bro. Balsbaugh writes that he suffers much. 
He says, " The nearer 1 approach my exodus, the 
more clearly do I apprehend what holiness and sin 
and atonement mean — grace, grace, grace. God 
bless you, and fill you with Eph. 3: 19." 



Bro. Reuben Shroyer writes us that the series of 
meetings at the Eagle Creek church, Ohio, closed 
on the evening of Jan. 7 with an excellent interest 
and five accessions by baptism. Feb. I he begins a 
meeting in the New Haven church, Michigan. » 



Ministers, speaking of the birth of Christ, may 
now and then forget themselves and say " eighteen 
hundred years ago." They need now to say nine- 
teen hundred years ago. He was probably born in 
the fourth year before the beginning of the Chris- 
tian era, hence his birth took place about 1904 years 
ago. 



In the Almanac for 1901 Bro. Jesse Y. Heckler's 
address is Lincoln, Ncbr. He may possibly move 
to that city in March, but until further notice his 
correspondents should continue addressing him at 
Elmwood, where he has been living for some years. 



The present edition of the Brethren's Sunday 
School Commentary is now exhausted, but we hope 
to announce in next issue whether or not we shall 
bring out a second edition. In the meantime those 
whose orders are unfilled will please be a little pa- 
tient. 

On another page will.be found a third communi- 
cation from Bro. M. G. Brumbaugh, Commissioner 
of Education in Porto Rico. What he says regard- 
ing the desecration of the Lord's Day may be help- 
ful to some of our own people in this enlightened 
country. • 

It is never safe to copy matter from a book, 
pamphlet or paper and send it to the Messenger to 
appear as your own production. You are most 
sure to be detected in the act. Every now and then 
some one tries it on us. It is an easy thing to de- 
tect if one knows how to go about it. 



Special Notice! — The next meeting of the Gen- 
eral Missionary and Tract Committee will be held 
in Elgin, III., on Tuesday, February 5, 1901, be- 
ginning at 8 A. M. Business to come before this 
meeting should be in the office of the Committee 
not later than January 24, and it is hoped that all 
persons intending to present any matter will do so 
promptly. 

In North Dakota one of the churches recently 
held a members' meeting with mercury 38 degrees 
below zero. The attendance is said to have been 
fair. That is encouraging. A religion that will 
prompt members to attend a council meeting when 
mercury is that low is worth having. There are 
congregations in the milder climates that are very 
much in need of that kind of zeal. 



Some isolated and lonely readers wish us to in- 
sert in the Messenger a certain communication, so 
they will know that their request has received some 
consideration in the editorial room. They are look- 
ing for a signal. We cannot censure them; for such 
we have only the most tender regard. On our large 
and growing list wq have hundreds of names, repre- 
senting people who are hungering and thirsting for 
spiritual food. It is a pleasure to us to supply their 
wants, and their interest is kept constantly in view 
by the editorial department. 



Many of our patrons, especially those who order 
books offered by the Gish Fund, remit postage 
stamps. This is all right, only it would be more 
convenient for us if they would send five and ten 
cent stamps instead of twos and ones. Since the 
stamps have to be procured at the post office, it is 
just as easy to call for the fives and tens as any 
other kind. Nearly every book sent out from this 
office by mail requires either a five cent, or ten cent 
stamp, and it is much more convenient to put on a 
ten cent stamp than five twos, Besides the fives 
and tens can be quicker counted when received. 



Now and then a correspondent writes an item of 
church news to be published in the Messenger. 
At the end and on the same sheet he makes an order 
for Sunday-school supplies, etc. The one opening 
the mail looks at the top of the sheet and sees that 
it contains matter for the paper, and places it with 
the pile of mail to be sent up to the editorial desk. 
A few hours later the editor in charge reaches this 
particular letter, and notices that it contains an or- 
der for the business department, and so he places it 
on the pile to be taken down to the business de- 
partment. As hundreds of letters must be han- 
dled each day, and each one must take its turn, it 
follows that this particular order gets behind and 
cannot be filled as soon as if it had been written on 
a separate sheet from that containing matter for the 
paper. We do not mention this by way of com- 
plaint, but merely for the purpose of teaching and 
encouraging system. 



Bro. W. R. Miller, of Chicago, dropped in on us 
last Monday. He had been at Naperville the day 
before, where he conducted the morning services, 
and then attended the services at Batavia in the 
evening. He found it convenient to come by the 
way of Elgin on his way home. We enjoy these 
short calls from our brethren. They not only help 
us in our work, but usually leave us something to 
think about. 

Sister Kate Johnson, Meyersdale, Pa., who has 
endeavored to keep track of the conversions re- 
ported in the Messenger from week to week, says 
that during the year 1900 there were reported in our 
columns 4,152 accessions. Add to this the number 
not reported and we have about five thousand con- 
versions for the year. The number is encouraging, 
but far less than it should be. It is barely enough 
to keep up the original number of the Fraternity. 
By right we should double our number every ten 
years, and the man who can tell us how to do it, 
while retaining the needed gospel simplicity and 
loyalty, is the one from whom we would be pleased 
to hear. 

Last week a number of obituaries had to be laid 
aside, and will not appear in the Messenger. One 
had no signature, and another had been in before. 
Several failed to contain the date of the death of 
the deceased. Some had the age omitted. A few 
had neither place nor State where the deceased lived 
at the time of death. Several related to the death 
of infants from a few days to a few months old, 
probably not known outside of the circle attending 
the funeral. In the course of a year hundreds of 
death notices fail to find their way into the paper 
for the reasons stated above. Scores of them, that 
happened to contain the address of the writer, were 
returned for correction. We find that this takes too 
much of our time, and hereafter it will not be done. 
Every death notice should contain the name of the 
deceased, the age, when and where the death oc- 
curred, and such other information as may be of 
general interest along with the name of the writer. 
It is not necessary to occupy space with a notice of 
those unknown outside of their immediate com- 
munity. -The obituary department is free alike to 
rich and poor, within the limits of prudence. We 
have been offered money at the rate of several dol- 
lars an inch for extra space, but have invariably re- 
fused it. In this department the poor member re- 
ceives just as much favor as the rich one. It is the 
one place where money has no influence. 



SEE YOUR MINISTER 



At once, and ascertain whether he is reading the 
Messenger. If he is not, try in some way to have 
him read it. If he is a live man, as he should be, 
and is thoroughly interested in church work, he will 
be found among the readers of the paper, unless he 
is too poor to pay for it. Should this be the case, 
then donate him the paper. Call on some of the 
members and they will help you pay for it. But do 
not stop until the last one of your preachers has 
an opportunity of reading the Messenger. It will 
do them good in many ways. It will not only en- 
courage them in their labors, but it will help them 
to preach. It will give them many valuable and 
interesting lines of thought. 

Furthermore, and this is the point we want to 
emphasize, the Messenger every now and then an- 
nounces that the Gish Fund Committee has another 
book ready for our ministers. These books can be 
had for the postage. Never before in the history 
of the Brotherhood have our preachers had such an 
opportunity to secure good books for so little. It 
is worth taking the Messenger just for these book 
announcements. Just now the Gish Committee is 
offering the life of Eld. John Kline to our preachers 
postage, twenty-two cents. It is a Sl.25 



book; nearly the price of the paper for one whole 
year. A short time ago they were offered the Sun- 
day School Commentary on the same terms. 
Other books are to be offered, and this thing is to 



Jan. I9i 1901. 



THE GOSPEL rMTESSrEHSTQ-EH. 



41 



go on for years. In the face of these facts and 
favors no preacher can afford to be without the 
Messenger. Every earnest minister in the Breth- 
ren church wants these books, and he wants them 
soon. The way for him to get them is to read the 
paper, so that he will be sure to see the first an- 
nouncement of every new book. This is a matter 
of importance, and should not be overlooked even 
for a day. So see your preacher at once, and then 
see that he gets the paper in some way. 



ARE THEY "FIXED"? 



Lawbreakers sometimes "fix" the officers, whose 
duty it is to see that the law is obeyed. A man en- 
gages in a business not wholly legitimate. He is 
visited by an officer, but manages to slip five or ten 
dollars into the hand of the man who wears the 
badge of authority. After that the officer makes 
himself scarce around the place until he feels the 
need of more money. The man goes on with his 
unlawful business, feeling that he has "fixed" the 
officer, and need have no fear so long as the money 
holds out. Well, there is any amount of this kind 
of business going on, and there seems to be no end 
to it. 

We have sometimes wondered whether some 
preachers have not been "fixed." The New Testa- 
ment lies open before them. There are all the com- 
mands, but not a word will they utter concerning 
them. They can preach against the saloons, and 
some other evils, but when it comes to the foolish 
fashions, vain amusements and popular sins tbey are 
mum. Secret societies can take half of the men out 
of the pews and the minister rests easy until he re- 
ceives a louder call, and then he goes where there is 
more money. 

Even here the same sins go unrebuked. The 
commands are neither taught nor observed. The 
man picks out a little of the Gospel here and there, 
and preaches it. He sometimes preaches about 
Shakespeare, Longfellow or somebody else. He 
even ventures a sermon on national expansion or 
some other line of thought entirely outside of the 
Bible. Thus the work goes on from generation to 
generation and the whole Gospel is not preached. 
Are such men "fixed" ? If not, why do they not 
see that the law of the Lord is properly made 
known to the people? With them it may be a case 
of unbelief. If so, then "O ye of little faith." The 
end of the unbeliever is clear, but no more so than 
the fate of the man who for gain will shun to de- 
clare the whole counsel of God. 



WILLING SERVICE. 



One of our earnest elders is very much puzzled 
over a matter of this kind. Some young brethren, 
who had attended our schools, were by the church 
elected to official positions, but decline to serve the 
church, claiming that their education cost them 
both time and money, and therefore they cannot 
now afford to give the church the benefit of their 
training without some compensation. The elder 
wonders if this is the fruits of our educational in- 
stitutions. 

In our remarks we refer to the last point first. 
Refusing to accept official positions in the church 
dates beyond our schools. There is probably not a 
State District in which there are not brethren who 
have refused to serve in the office to which the 
church once called them. Some of them are farm- 
ers, others mechanics, and a few may be engaged in 
other pursuits. We should hardly feel like charg- 
ing up their refusal to serve the church to the evil 
influence of farming, etc. Then why conclude that 
our schools are responsible for the course of a few 
educated members who decline serving the church. 
While one or two may have declined to give the 
church the benefit of their training, it should be 



borne in mind that scores of brethren have been 
elected to the ministry, entered upon the work 
with zeal and are now serving the church in a most 
creditable manner. For this our schools are enti- 
tled to no small amount of credit. 

When brethren are elected to the ministry, or to 
the deacon's office, whether educated or not, and 
they refuse to accept the position to which they 
have been called, the Messenger holds that they 
should be released, and the responsibility thrown 
on them. The Lord wants willing workers in men 
who will respond cheerfully to the call of the 
church. The Lord punished Jonah for refusing at 
first to go to Nineveh. But even after he did final- 
ly go, and made a crowning success of the work en- 
trusted to him, he complained about the result, and 
did not act very nice about it. Not so with the 
apostles and others. They accepted their call will- 
ingly, and served the Lord with a full purpose to the 
end of life. Do not force a brother to accept the 
ministry. Let him know that the church has called 
him. If he wants time to consider the matter, let 
him have it, and then if he does not accept you 
may rest assured that he is not the man desired in 
the ministry. 

No one more firmly believes in supporting the 
ministers who must give all their time and talent to 
preaching the Gospel than we do, and yet we would 
not care to install a man in office who would make 
wages for services a consideration. A man who 
has the interest of the kingdom at heart as he 
should will preach as often as circumstances will 
permit, whether he receives any support or not. 
Paul, as well as all the other apostles, was that kind 
of a man. When they could get it they took aid 
from the churches, and when they could not get it 
they preached anyhow. That has been the his- 
tory of all our worthy preachers, whose memories 
are precious. The church may not have treated 
some of them right, but it cannot be said of them 
that they refused to serve the church. 

And this is also true of some of the most gifted 
men of other denominations. When Beecher 
started out to preach he received barely enough to 
live on, and both he and his wife had to work hard 
to make both ends meet financially. Alexander 
Campbell farmed for years, studied Hebrew, Greek 
and Latin, along with other branches, at night, and 
preached of Sundays, charging the people nothing 
for his services. 

We do not like to see brethren refuse to serve the 
church just because there is no money in it. But if 
that is their mind it is probably just as well that 
they do not accept the office when it is offered to 
them. At this time the Brotherhood is in need of 
a number of preachers in the different mission 
fields, and is willing to support them, but she wants 
men who think more of souls than of the money 
there is in it. We believe that our people need not 
be discouraged about a matter of this kind. There 
will always be willing workers. True, we would be 
pleased to have the benefit of the talents possessed 
by the educated, but it should also be borne in 
mind that it takes something more than college 
training to make an efficient worker in the ministry. 



THE OTHER FELLOW. 



We have always pitied the other fellow, espe- 
cially when he has no chance to defend himself. It 
looks like pounding a man when both his feet and 
hands are tied. We remember, when a boy, of lash- 
ing a fellow with the tongue, and gaining a great 
victory. But there was a river between us, and no 
way of crossing. It was because of this that we 
gained the victory — and we have been ashamed of 
it ever since. It was the only serious quarrel we 
ever had — and this one was serious on one side, our 
own. 



Well, ever since then we have despised, hated, to 
see people fighting with a river between. If fight- 
ing is really necessary, it may be best to have an 
impassable river between the combatants, but it al- 
ways places the besieged party at a disadvantage, 
because he has no way of defending himself. 

It was because of this feeling that we never could 
read with pleasure and satisfaction the late Eld. 
Miller's book, "The Doctrine of the Brethren De- 
fended," as formerly published, he playing both 
sides of the discussion. Our sympathy always 
leaned toward the other fellow because he had no 
chance. The book, as now published, is a most ex- 
cellent defense of the doctrines and principles of 
our church, and we are glad that the objectionable 
feature has been omitted and hope it will always re- 
main so. 

We were somewhat amused -this time — in seeing 
the old game in a small way, played over again, in 
the late number of the Vindicator. This time the 
sword is drawn between a Conservative and an Old 
Order brother. The Old Order brother has a signal 
and easy victory, and the Conservative brother very 
gracefully yields the battle and makes a hasty re- 
treat. He was outgeneraled because there was a 
river between them, and the Old Order brother had 
the boat on his own side and turned a deaf ear to 
the loud and frequent "Over," "Over" "Over!" 
If he could have gotten over the discussion might 
have had a different ending. 

It is not our purpose to answer or discuss the 
paper referred to. Neither do we intend to say or 
even think any unkind thing about our Old Order 
brother. He only did as others have done— and did 
the best he could. Who would not put his best foot 
forward in defense of his own cause? It is easy to 
have a victory over any man by tying his hands 
and putting a gag in his mouth. And all we have 
to say about it is that such a victory is a defeat in 
the light of right, and we, as a people, should play 
shy of such games. 

It may be said that such mode of discussion may 
be made fair and honorable. We say no. It is one 
of the impossible things. As the boy argues, "It 
stands to reason that it cannot be so." Think a 
moment. If right and wrong are at stake, who is 
the honest man that would study, investigate and 
labor as hard to make what he feels is wrong seem 
right as he would do to defend the right? And, 
again, where is the man that would engage in a work 
to defeat himself? No sane man would, for a 
moment, entertain such a purpose. And yet this is 
exactly what we pretend to do in trying to discuss 
both sides of the question. We enter the discussion 
with the determined purpose of defeating the other 
side, or the side that we believe to be wrong. And 
to do it we give the weaker arguments on the side 
that we are really opposing, and then meet them 
with our strongest arguments. Then we lean back 
on our chair and say, "Didn't we do the other fel- 
low up?" Yes, we do him up as we did up the 
young man with the river between us. 

In the first place, this whole "doing up" business 
is uncalled for and unfair. The apostles and Paul 
never resorted to such a mode of discussion. It 
was, with them, a face-to-face and hand-to-hand en- 
gagement. And they won their victories because 
they used the Sword of the Spirit against a real and 
present foe. The truth is of itself might and power. 
And all we have to do is to handle it fairly and 
squarely, and the Lord will give the true victory. 
These, our own "side shows," don't amount to any- 
thing, because they don't give the other fellow any 
chance. The Lord gave even the murderer a city 
of refuge to which he could flee for fair dealing and 
for his life. But these double discussions kill the 
other party without giving a show for defense. 

H. B. B. 



THE GOSPEL rMIESSrElsTQ-IEIR.. 



Jan. ig, 1901. 



UNSOUND DOCTRINE. 

A minister teaches " that the Savior took the devil with him, 
or in him when he was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to 
be tempted." Is this sound doctrine?— IV. M. R. 

It is a doctrine that denies the personality of the 
devil, and is not therefore scriptural. Furthermore, 
to say that the Savior had the devil in him is the same 
as to maintain that "he hath a devil," and we know, 
or should know, that this is not Bible. If it can be 
proved that Jesus had the devil with him and in 
him, then his divinity may well be called in ques- 
tion. Jesus was divine. He was without sin, and 
therefore had no devil in him at any time; that is, 
the devil was no part of his nature or make-up. 
The real purpose of this erroneous doctrine is to 
make it appear that there is no real personal devil, 
apart from our own evil natures. It is not only a 
false doctrine, but we regard it as a dangerous doc- 
trine. It is a doctrine which, if true, permits the 
watchman on the walls of Zion to rest at ease, for if 
there be no real devil, no Satan going about seeking 
whom he may devour, in fact no enemy, what is the 
use of the watchman concerning himself about giv- 
ing the alarm of an approaching enemy? If the 
only devil is the evil there is in man, then man be- 
comes his own watchman, and we have little need 
for the watchman upon the walls of Zion, to sound 
the alarm when there is danger. This is one way of 
relieving the preachers of a wonderful amount of 
responsibility. It is a doctrine that belongs to both 
Unitarianism and Universalism. 



THE FIRST RESURRECTION. 



; it correct to teach that " the first resurrection is 
resurrected from the watery grave? "-R. M. IV. 






In a sense this may be correct, for when one is 
born of the water — buried with Christ in baptism, 
and comes forth from the watery grave — it can be 
said of him that he is "risen with Christ." Col. 3: 
I. Hence coming from the baptismal grave is, in a 
figure, the saints' first resurrection. But this must 
not be confounded with the first resurrection spoken 
of in Rev. 20: 5, 6. For at the close of the present 
dispensation "the Lord himself shall descend from 
heaven with a shout, with the voice of the arch- 
angel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in 
Christ shall rise first." I Thess. 4: 16. Generally 
speaking, this is the first resurrection, and is usually 
referred to when the term is employed. While the 
coming from the baptismal grave may be regarded 
as the saints' first resurrection, still it is not, biblical- 
ly speaking, the first resurrection. The minister who 
designates it as a first resurrection should explain 
himself so as not to be misunderstood. Among the 
popular clergy the first resurrection, at the second 
coming of Christ, is denied, and those who would 
preach sound New Testament doctrine need to 
guard their words so that their teaching be not con- 
founded with the popular or resurrection theory. 
If there is anything clearly taught in the New Tes- 
tament, it is the doctrine of the second resurrection, 
Christ, in the clouds of heaven is to make his second 
appearance, Satan is to be bound, and then the 
saints are to come alive from their graves. This is 
the first resurrection. One thousand years later 
Satan is to be loosed, the wicked resurrected, and 
then comes the general, or final, judgment. 



RAINFALL IN PALESTINE. 

In Vol. 38, No. 51, you say: " As a rule the rainy season (in 
Palestine) commences about the first of November aod con- 
tinues until about March," 

Johnson, in his cyclopedia, Vol. I, page 940, under the name 
of Christmas, revised by R. D. Hitchcock, says: "And as for 
the day we may be helped to a decision by considering that 
between the middle of December and the middle of February 
there is generally in Palestine an interval of comparatively 
dry weather preceded and followed by the early and latter 
rains." Has the time for the rainy season changed? Please 
explain. — R. T. Akers. 



We wrote somewhat from observation made while 
traveling in Palestine. Probably the most reliable 
nformation obtainable will be found in Baedeker's 
"Palestine and Syria." On page 33 he says: "The 
_. jrage rainfall [for Palestine] is twenty-three inches 
on fifty-two days, divided as follows: October, one 
and one-half; November, five and one-half; Decem- 
ber, nine; January, ten; February, ten and one-half; 
March, eight and one-half; April, five and one-half; 
May, one and one-half." Our author further says, 
under head of "Climate," page 46: "Towards the 
..id of October clouds begin to rise, and the rainy 
season is sometimes ushered in by several thunder- 
storms. This is the 'first' or 'former' rain of the 
Bible (Deut. 11: 14; Joel 2: 23), which so far softens 
the parched soil that the husbandman can plow it. 
The south and southwest winds then bring showers 
which last one or more days, and these are general- 
ly followed by north or east winds, lasting for a few 
days, during which the weather is delightful. In 
November there is frequently a considerable pro- 
portion of fine weather, but by this time almost all 

igetation has disappeared. December is generally 
stormy, January and February cold and rainy, and 
the rain taking the form of snow among the higher 
mountains in January. The 'latter' rains, falling in 
March and April, promote the growth of crops." 
The seasons have not materially changed, but much 
travel in Palestine of late years has made more re- 
liable information possible. 

QUERISTS' DEPARTMENT. 

What should be done with a minister who publicly 
preaches against missionary work — or the preaching the Gos- 
pel to all the world?— A. S. M. 

Do with him as you would with the man who 
should venture to preach against feet-washing, non- 
conformity or any other New Testament duty. In 
the time of the apostles it was found necessary to 
instruct a certain minister in the way of the Lord 
more perfectly. The man who so far forgets his 
calling as to throw his influence against the spread 
of the whole Gospel is greatly in need of teaching, 
and should he persist in his anti-Bible course, he 
will need something more than teaching. 

How long can a resident elder retain the oversight of his 
home congregation? — A. S. H. 

Just as long as the members of his congregation 
want him. When an elder becomes too old or 
feeble to discharge the duties of a housekeeper, as 
they should be discharged for the good of the 
church, it is customary for him to tender his resig- 
nation. This gives the congregation an opportunity 
to select some one to take his place. There is noth- 
ing discreditable about a course of this kind. In 
fact it is the right thing to do. The good of the 
church should always be kept in view. Then the 
lawful wishes of the church, regarding the house- 
keeper desired, should not be ignored. 

Please explain I Tim. 6: 10, where it reads, " For the love of 
money is the root of all evil." The root of all evil first began 
in the garden of Eden— E. F, S. 

A better rendering will be found in the Revised 
Version: " For the love of money is a root of all 
kinds of evil." The love of money may lead peo- 
ple into all kinds of sins, and for that reason they 
should not set their hearts on money. Paul is here 
treating the subject of getting rich, and warns the 
saints against striving for wealth, and tells them, in 
the preceding verse, "But they that will be rich fall 
into temptation and a snare." He then follows up 
with the thought of the love of money being the 
root of all kinds of evil. That is, the love of money 
may lead people to engage in most any sin. The 
subject, as treated by Paul, sustains no special rela- 
tion to the beginning of sin in the garden of Eden. 



If the best use is made of existing means they 
I will insensibly multiply. 



OUR SATURDAY NIOMT. 

The aood Old Time. 

A few days ago we looked upon an old-time, but 
pleasing, picture. Two girls were seated on a large 
rug near the center of a large room. In front of 
them was the old fireplace, such as might have been 
seen in one of the Eastern or Southern States fifty 
years ago. The fire was burning brightly, and 
lighted up the entire room. At one side stood the 
long-handled frying pan and the great cook pot. 
The broom and tongs were near by, while the great 
churn stood farther away. The crane swung in the 
fireplace ever ready to receive the great pot and 
suspend it over the fire. In front of the blazing fire 
lay seven fine apples, such as might be grown in any 
well-cultivated orchard. They were placed there to 
roast, one side at a time, and must needs be turned 
so as to get roasted through and through. 

Probably hundreds of our aged readers will recall 
the time when they used to sit around the old fire- 
place and roast apples and pop corn. Further south 
chestnuts were added to the list. While the fire 
was doing its work, stories were related, riddles pro- 
pounded, or the news of the day was told. Mother 
or father had something of interest to narrate, or 
the children had learned of something that proved 
interesting to listen to. Occasionally a short chap- 
ter in some old book was read, for seldom were 
newspapers seen in those days. Most people were 
too poor to afford even candles, and the light from: 
the fireplace answered the purpose of lamp and fur- 
nace combined. And thus the evenings were spent 
most pleasantly and even profitably. 

More might have been learned by the aid of 
books, but books were scarce and costly. More 
public meetings might have been held, but the 
neighbors lived, as a rule, some distance apart, and. 
preachers were not often seen. After the roasted: 
apples, nuts, and pop corn were disposed of, then: 
all became composed. The great Book was taken 
from the mantle over the fireplace, a chapter read 
and then there was earnest prayer. A half hour later 
the ashes were shoveled onto the fire, and then all 
was quiet. The family was in the land of dreams. 

This way of living may not have been very hy- 
gienic, but it produced good results. It kept the 
boys and girls at home of nights. Mother was never 
heard singing, " O where is my boy to-night? " He 
was at home, and so was the father. There may 
have been other causes for heartaches, but there 
were no down-town troubles. Children, in these 
good old times, as we are in the habit of speaking, 
may not have known so much about books as the 
present generation of young people, but then they 
learned less of the current evils. They did not have 
the whole world to think about, with the sun, moon 
and stars thrown in, but they had the good and pure 
of a well-regulated home life for their mental as 
well as their soul training. 

That kind of a life might not suit the present 
times so well, but it would be a blessing to have 
some of it mixed in with the present fast and care- 
less way of living. Could we but have more of this 
old-fashioned home life, along with the fine educa- 
tional advantages, what a noble generation of peo- 
ple might succeed the present one. 

But that is not likely to occur. With the genera- 
tions of the past have gone their ways of living, and 
we must now labor to secure the best possible re- 
sults from what we have at command. It may be 
altogether possible that the young of to-day will, 
fifty years hence, look back and long for the good 
old times of their youth. Yes, the things we look 
upon as new, will by them be regarded as old. And 
so it goes. Our only comfort is to look forward to 
the time when the old shall pass away, and all things 
shall become new. So it is to the new that we are 
looking for happiness after all. When we get over 
yonder, in the new world, we will no more long for 
the good old times in this world. — 1. h. u. 



Jan. 19, 1901. 



'X'-fci-EJ GOSPEL MESSENGER. 



General Missionary 

...Tract Department. 

COMMITTER. 

D. L. Hillib, Illlnoli I S. F. Sahom, Indtant 
L, W. TllTM, Indian* | A. 



Generml Mlnlomry 



PREPARATION FOR MISSIONARY 
WORK—WHAT? 

The "When " being considered, the 
"What "comes next. It is hoped, too, that 
there are many who are yearning to be of ase 
to their Master in the great world field. In 
order to be ready there is much that can be 
done before being called. 

In looking at what should be studied, the 
question of what field should be studied first 
need not be considered, — leave that for the 
last, unless for some special reason it comes 
first. It is far better that in a general way a 
knowledge of all the fields of the world be 
acquired. This at once suggests some very 
interesting lines of study and reading. 

Before naming them, however, let it be 
suggested here that any one will find it help- 
ful to join the Missionary Reading Circle, as 
there is a list of books outlined there which 
will give much information on missionary 
subjects in general. But if the Circle course 
does not suit, do not cast the idea aside. 
Seek to know along the lines of one's own in- 
clination, 

First in interest, possibly, are biographies 
and autobiographies of missionaries. Such 
lives as Carey in India, Judson in Bnrraah, 
Mackay and Hannington in Africa, Murray in 
Polynesia and New Guinea, Brainerd among 
the North American Indians,— these are ; 
of the many worthies who will inspire the 
most dull and indifferent if they will but fol- 
low their lives until they are on the field of 
sacrifice and labor. To these should be added 
such noble lives as Robert Moffat, John Wil- 
liams, Samuel Crowther, Henry Martyn, and 
Robert Morrison. 

Before this list will have been completed 
the reader has come in touch with so many 
earnest workers that be can of himself select 
the biographies he desires to read. 

Turning from biographies, there is a most 
interesting field of research in which able 
writers have tried to convince men and 
women to give their lives and their means to 
God's service. Such books as Pierson's "Cri- 
sis of Missions" and "The New Acts of the 
Apostles," Strong's " Our Country " and " New 
Era," Dennis" " Foreign Missions after a 
Century," Thompson's "Protestant Missions," 
Leonard's "A Hundred Years of Missions," 
Lawrence's "Modern Missions of the East," 
Martin's " A Cycle of Cathay," these and many 
more are most interesting and helpful books 
to any reader. 

The reader need not fear that these books 
are made up of "dry stuff." On the contrary, 
though relating facts and incidents, they are 
so interesting and so ont of the ordinary that 
one -is often held spellbound, as much as by 
the most thrilling fiction. In fact, did parents 
only know it, and could they interest their 
children in missionary biography, they would 
not only be greatly interested but wonderfully 
helped. The foundation for future usefulness 
in this way could be implanted at a very early 
age. 

The reading of such books will also develop 
a taste for reading that Book of books, and a 
study of the life and sacrifice of him who 
made the greatest missionary trip when he 
came to redeem a lost world. They will feel 
the spirit of his sacrifice and in humble bold- 
ness offer themselves on the altar of sacrifice 
for his dear sake. • 

The Sunday school at Ivester, Iowa, made 
a special effort and raised $54.38 for the or- 
phanage in India. There is no better place to 
m eet India's greatest needs than with the chil- 



INDIAN NOTES. 



This morning came the news of the death of 
Miss Mary Feeke, one of the Alliance Mis- 
sionaries at Mehmedabad. She had been ill 
for a long time with fever. She was a special 
friend of our missionaries here, having helped 
them through a spell of sickness at one time, 
So another soldier on India's battle field has 
gone home to reap the reward of the righteous. 

Bro. Forney's, Bro. Ebey's and the writer 
spent Thanksgiving day with Bro. McCann's, 
at the Anklesvar station. 

Dusmnt, a little girl, died this week from 
after effects of the famine. She had become a 
Christian in faith. We feel so sorry by the 
loss now and then of our children— especially 
of those who have been here so long. But 
while they must go it is comforlirg to know 
they have learned of Jesus and bis wonderful 
love— love for little children; "Suffer little 
children to come unto me; for of such is the 



m of hea 
childrei 



jming in every wees 
This week four little girls came from th 
Anklesvar station, A few days ago a poo 
widow with a terrible open, running sore oi 
her limb came with her three children— on 
boy and two girls. She wanted to sell the 
girls and wanted us to boy ihem, Bro. Stove 
told her we do not carry on that kind of busi 
ness here. If she wanted to leave the childrei 
here they would be cared for. At first th' 
plan did not suit her. After a while she con 
sented to leave them. She was given a few 
seers of rice and told to come back wheni 
her supply was exhausted. Now she co 
every few days for the grain and to see 
girls. 

A new orphanage is being opened to-day at 
Teetbul— a little village by the 
west of Bulsar. The children came to-day 
from the north in the care of Miss Shroyer 
their superintendent. The orphanage is ai 
independent work by Mr. and Mrs. Bird, of th( 
Plymouth Brethren church. Now there an 

dred children and the other with over tw< 
hundred. If all of them can be raised foi 
Christ what an army of liberators there will be 
for India's lost and fallen peopl 



efon 



India 



told 



the 



climate had so affected Bro. Stover that be bad 
become perfectly gray-beaded. On coi 
we expected to see an old young man. 
our agreeable surprise we find him loc 
quite as he did when leaving America. Only 
here and there by close observation can a gray 
hair be seen on his bead and beard. The 
Indian climate is not so fatal as some think 
With regular and temperate habits there is nc 
reason why we may not enjoy as good health 

Last night Bro. Stover went to Bombay with 
one ot the orphan boys who is seriously affli 
ed with famine sore mouth. It is hoped that 
by placing him in the hospital where propi 
medical skill maybe applied his life maybe 

Last week a number of us made a trip to tb 
largest banyan tree in India. It is situated oi 
a small island in the Nerbndda river and cover 
an area of five acres, Under its spreading 
branches we found a Hindn idol tempi 
Everywhere we find these temples. It only 
shows us the depth of the grasp which hea 
thenism has upon these poor, deluded people 
We hope the day may come when instead of 
idol temples Christian churches may grace 
this land where the haunts of vice and sin now 

The Nerbudda is one of the sacred rivers o 
India. In crossing it on the railroad the Hin 
dus throw money into it as an offering. They 
bathe in its waters for the forgiveness o 
The bodies of their dead are burned c 
bank and the ashes thrown into the str 
As we sailed np the Nerbudda we saw a body 
burning on the right bank. Coming to ou 
landing place and walking over the sand w 
met a funeral procession coming with anotbe 
dead body to be burned. First came the fou 
men carrying the corpse, following them a boy 
carrying the fire with which to light the py 
and another with the kindling. Behind caE 
the ox-cart of wood for the building of the 
pyre upon which the body was to be burned 
No tears were shed and no manifestations ol 
grief were expressed in any way, no women 
were in the procession,: no solemn; hymn of 
praise was wafted to heaven and no prayer was 



breathed to the throne of God. No, for these 

people know Him not. Poor, lost, deluded 

urea! How our hearts go out in tender 

pity for them in their lost coudition! How 

long for the day wheu " the Gospel shall 

:r the earth as the waters cover the great 

" "The harvest truly is plenteous, but the 

laborers are few." Who yet will come to help 

n the great harvest field in India? 

Little Emmert Stover is suffering from a 
icvere attack of the mumps. He took them 
rom the orphan children. He seems to have 
1 harder time of it than they had. 

We are working daily on the language and 
ire making encouraging progress. Our desire 
speak to these people keeps us spurred up 
o diligent study. We have gone through our 
first book and have begun a second along with 

Our sister Burie is not yet able to be about 
without her cane. We all hope she may soon 
be well and resume her usual place in the 
work, 

Bulsar, India, Dec. 7. 

DISPENSARY WORK IN CHICAGO. 

During December the number of patients 
treated in the Brethren's Hospital at 183 Hast- 
ings Street has been the largest in the history 
of the work there, Three hundred and one 
different persons were treated, and the work- 
ers at the mission were all very husy; for, be- 
sides this unusual work in the Dispensary, a 
series of meetings was held, resulting in four 
accessions, and the Christmas services en- 
gaged much attention. It Is gratifying to 
know the work is growing ho nicely. 

During 1900, 2,813 different patients were 
treated and the expense of conducting the 
Dispensary, outside of the doctor's salary, is 
$111.30. After paying all expenses connected 
with the Dispensary it made an income for the 
mission of nearly $150. Surely such results 
are encouraging. The General Missionary 
Committee has purchased the residence prop> 
erty just west of the church and is now having 
it remodeled and fitted for better accommod; 
tions for the work. There is no reason why 
this good work should not be pushed, and any 
help tendered by kind hands will be thankful 
ly received. 



Financial Reports. 



Report of Brooklyn Mission. 



Y. P. M. and T. Society, por Anna Dotwller, 

Huntingdon, Pa 

Edith Swart z, Goshen, Ind 

Levi Fclghtner, Mansfield, Ohio, 

Brooklyn Sunday school 



Boarding 

Janitor, Laundry, < 



Light and 
Rent, . . 
Carfare, 



Sunday school, . 
PreachiDg. . . . 
Bible school . . 



I school 73 



DAILY BREAD- 



Sunday, Jan. 13.— "Thou shall compass 
e about with songs of deliverance." Psalms 
32: 7. David was a great man and fought 
any battles for the Lord. His trust was in 
the Lord as few men trusted him. Yet with 
all his experience he does not expect the 
Lord to give him deliverance itself, and he 
not do anything,— but give him the " songs of 
'erance " instead. And why tbii? Many 
people sink under their trials, the calamities 
that befall them, while others swim right 
through them and are the stronger and better 
for them, The former are looking for deliver- 
ance, while the latter only want Ihe inspiration 
of a song of hope and they will wrest deliver- 
ance from their very calamity, He who en- 
ters life's battles with a song in his heart is 
best able to conquer. Pray for the song that 
will bring deliverance and then enter the 
struggle manfully, and God will deliver. 

Monday, Jan. 14 — "I pray not that thou 
shouldest take them out of the world; but that 
thou shouldest keep them from the evil," 
John 17: 15. A very peculiar, though Christ- 
like prayer. Many, many who profess to be his 
followers fail to catch the meaning of this 
prayer. They seek to be separate from the 
world, — they even in a sense want to go out of 
it. They are willing to do some kinds of good 
deeds which fully accord with their delicate 
sensibilities, but there are certain sins they 
cannot bear to see and certain sinners they 
could in no wise allow in their homes over 
night. They are " refined Christians;" that 
is, their idea of Christianity will not let them 
mingle with certain ones In the world, lest they 
would in some way be defiled. Not so the 
Master prayed. Read the prayer again, 

Tuesday, Jan. 15- — "Because thou hast 
been my help, therefore in the shadow of thy 
wings will I rejoice." Psalms 63: 7, Who 
caunot appeal to his past experience to prove 
God's faithfulness? Then why doubt the fu- 
ture, or tremblingly take hold of the duties be- 
fore thee? God is behind it all; forget not 
this, then, when the clouds of life gather and 
threaten. He is the same to-day and forever 
that he was yesterday, 

Wednesday, Jan. 16. — " His allowance 
was a continual allowance given him of the 
king, a daily rate for every day, all the days of 
his life." 2 Kings 25: 30. Here is daily food 
for every worker of the Lord, and George 
Klingle has put the idea so appropriately that 

God broke our years to hours and days; 



Jusi going on a little way. 
We might bo able all along 

Should all the weight of life 

Be laid across our shoulders, and the fat 



a plat 



Wee 



Christmas exercises 1S1 present. The Sunday-school 

and also for Christmas, As to expense lor lighting and 
fuel, lor three months do gas bill was presented, haDCC 
the expense at the present time. J, Edson Ulbky. 
t3Ti Third Ave., Brooklyn, N. Y. 

Out on the frontier in Nebraska, where one 
would think every dollar should be used for 
the work there, a small band of faithful ones, 
with hearts reaching out for a world-wide sal- 
vation, raised nearly $10, over half of which is 
applied to the World-wide missions. No 
matter bow great the need is at home, it is in 
foil harmony with the spirit of the Gospel to 
long for and. help tn.a world-wide salvation. 



Thursday, Jan. 17. — " He is faithful that 
promised,'' Heb. 10: 23. Every promise of 
the Lord is sure. His justice would not per- 
mit him to break one of them: His love would 
keep him from forgetting them; because he is 
the truth he cannot change them; and his 
power is such that we may know that he can 
accomplish all that he has promised unto his 
children. Then lay bold upon the promises. 

Friday, Jan. 18.— "I will go before thee, 
and make the crooked places straight." Isa. 
2, There is no person in the world that 
nore crooked places to make straight than 
missionary. He must meet the teaching 
of heathendom and the weaknesses and errors 
of those who profess Christ. He often knows 
not how to go or even the way. But God 
comes and says he shall take one step and then 
another, and he can feel assured all the time 
the crooked places will be straight by the time 
he reaches them. 

Saturday, Jan. 19.— "God shall bring ev- 
ery work into judgment." Eccl. 12: 14. 
Then let every act be weighed in the light of 
eternity and meeting a just and merciful God. 
If moments are to be accounted for, where, oh 
where, are some lives to be spent in eternity) 



TXIE) GOSPEL IMTESSZEILSra-EIR,- 



Jan. 19, igoi. 



Financial Reports. 

Mission Report for Week Ending 



OthOTWtsD dostgni 



WORLD-WIDE MISSIONS 
ooated to this land will be 01 
no "" lt » d d w ^ nd J , (! t | J od "" 
ill suDDorled. Interest on and. 



d It li hoped tha 
idgod ondet tht 






iuB!y i 



, S., Ii.3oi 



ILL.-Mt. PlCF 

tlce, S. Sludobalior. so cents; J. A. Brubakor, 
Sterling. l4.Se; Lanark cons., 13.66; C. Bllcken- 
stnil, Cerrogordo, *S; Phil. H. Grnybill. Polo, 
Ij.tOi Lllllo E. Wellor, Ht. Morrlfl, III A. L. 
Clair, Mt. Morris, Ir.ao, Shannon cong., H6.aS; 
Kock Creek cong., (10; Cherry tirovu cong., 
(4.7a; Polo S. S.. tu; Ploe Crook I 



>,S.S. Mil 
Creek 



, 50C 



(6,0 



cong,. I^.Soi Oakley 
Bon»on,*l.aS; total, . . 

PA,-Unnc Kcplogk, Now Enlcrp: 
Amanda R. Cassel, Votnlield, |IJ C 
New Enterprise. I3; J. J. Oiler, Way 



West hold 
,?a; Sterling 
Brethren nl 



Abrnn: 
Mnggh 

$6;J.C. Kn; 



Now Knlui 



oro, !.*>; 
B, li.ao; 
uthStrnbrmc, |i;D. B. Myora, 
Surah K. Snylor. Woynosboro, 
,nd wile. Kummcl, III Greenland 
¥,s!,»3; Clover Crook S. S.,l<.37; Second Ad- 
vanced class, Shade Creek S, S., Iij.io;H. L. 
Griffith, Meyorsdnle. IS; Lludn Grlllilh, Moyers- 

dale, IS; total 

MD.-Plpc Crook Cong. 
Accident, lis; Accident c 

OHiO.-Danvlllo cong.. |io; Lydin Wcrtz, 
Frlcodsvlllo.li.So; mattUgo notice. I. J. Kosen- 
bcrgor, so cents; mnrrlnge notice, BUa Boogllloy, 
So cents; John Marshall, Brookvlllo, f 1.30; W. H. 
Folkorth, Union, S1.20; Mrs, J. A. Kcpnor, 
JohnBvllle,l3;Pnlnl« Crtelf S. S., IS.77; N, W. 
Newcomer. Bryan, lj] Dnvld Brenner, Pyrmont, 
li.ao; Ell Niswooger, Pltsburg. Ii.to; David 
Putts, Ruahvlllo, $a.S°l Margaret Dohnor, Union, 



6.50; J. E. Gnai 



lOWA.-Englhh RiV*l 



Susan 

li.ao; S. F. Nlswnndor. 

rlago notice, 



South English, 

Blongh. 9l| a brother and sister, CUrksvllle, Dl 
cent!) j. ]• Berkley. Waterloo, 16; Elizabeth 
Watt. Truro, li.ao; inarrlago notice. K. F. Mc- 
Cune, So coots; S. ]. Kepler, Now Hampton, 
13,50; A. E. Bonostoel, ShullsbiirR. 13; Joseph 

Newcomor, Ncwburg, *71 total 

Ind.— William and Cnrrlo Stout, HngoiHtowu 
15; Thomas Crlpc and wlio, GohIicu, *S; Haib.irr 
Chugemicel, Flora. li.ao;H, C. Shutt, Mlllvllle 
tl.io; Ell Fouts. Chili. %l. So; William B, Young 
ClaikaUIII.Sa.SOiM 



50 t 



, (a; Ye 



; Hlr 






Tknn.-G. R. 



Mil 



t Ayl- 



, Harrisonburg, (1.50; 



. Flory. Good; 
iner, la.aS; P. S. Thoi 
S. A. Sanger. Scottsford. I 
ter. Kucklngh.Lin, *i.sj; Brethren S. S., Konuokc, 
IS; Lethe A. Llshoy, Harrisonburg. Ii.ao; total, . 

KANS.-Plcnsant View S, S.,fq; marriage no- 
tice. W. H. Leaman, So cents; total 

CAL.-J. S.Kuna, Covlnn, (3; Mrs. Runs. Co- 

W. Va.— A. A. Rothruck. Now Crook, I3.S0; 
Mary M. Williams, Franklord, S1.7S; total, . . . 

Mo.— Joseph Brown, Stot.l1.50; unknown, Ne- 
vada, Ia,7S; total 

Tbx.— Saginaw cong 

Mich.— Perry McKlnney. Blissheld 

Nbdr— Levi Hofiert. Cnrleton 

N. Dak.— J. R. Blochcr, Waterloo 

Mont— S. C. Flckol, Kallspoll 

Okh.— Joseph Forry, Rlverton 

Total lor year beginning April. 1900. . . . t 



r beginning April, 1 
INDIA 



isly 1 



>rted, 



Inland, I4.50; Georgetown S. 
., 14,80; a brother and sister. Dayton. Ill, So; 

'MmaryS.S., West Dayton, I3.84; total 

Mo.— Carthage cong 

Mich. -West Thornapplo S.S 

IND.-Carrle Myers, Laconla 

lowA.-Panther Creek cong,. 

FA.-AmnndaR. Cassol, Vornheld 

Total lor year beginning April, rgoo I 



From Our Correspondents. 

j a thirsty soul, bo la good 1 

CALIFORNIA. 
Inglewood.— We held council meeting on 
ew Year's evening. Considerable business 
Lme before the meeting. Everything passed 
off very pleasantly. We elected new officers 
for church and Sunday school. Bro. Becker, 
from Covina, was with us and gave a short 
talk at close of meeting, which was much ap- 
preciated. We are few in number and are 
glad to have our visiting brethren come and 
encourage us on our way. Last Sunday Bro. 
Amick and wife were with us. He gave us 
two excellent sermons. We hope he will come 
again.— Lottie E, Neherjan, /. 

Los Angeles.— Our quarterly council meet- 
ing was held Saturday, Dec. 20. Eld. J. S. 
Flory had the meeting in charge, aa Bro. 
Myers, our former elder, has taken a trip to 
Texas. We also were very much pleased to 
have Bro. Amick, of Elgin, 111., with us. Sun- 
day-school officers were elected for the year. 
We decided to hold a series of meetings in the 
near future. Bro. S. G. Lehmer, who was with 
us for some time, has gone to Covina. We 

Angeles, A number have recently come from 
the East, but all locale elsewhere,— Amanda 
Guthrie, Jan, .?. 

ILLINOIS. 



-Bn 



G. W. Cripe held 



twenty dis 



t the vil 
. Jan. ( 

eluding 



The 



tings \ 






WASHINGTON MEETINGHOUSE. 

house was ui'M! ouourIi c.im- 
iriy'ttco, that should be lllled 
in addition to this.] 

usly reported 166 4 54 

H,— G. R. Hornbrook, Clllton. IS; D. F. 

an and others, Johnson City, Is; total, ... 10 00 

-A brother, Lanark 5 00 

-Amanda R. Cassel, Verntield, $ ij Susan 



,. Sarah A. Wil 



i, Lam 



INDIA ORPHANAGE. 



KANS.-Navarre S. S., 
Christ. McPherson. 16; chili 
tre S. S„ Ii3.68; East Mel 



Thorn 



Cripe and 



Mrs. Olive Rlngh 

een children oi Flora S. S., 
III.— Sisters' Sewing Socli 
Md.-A brother. Fearer, 
Va.— Pei 



Pa- 



Un 



ich Grove S.S 

anda R. Cassel, Verniield, . . . 
.nna and Miles Walllngiord. Au 



Of F; 
He preached 

:ll attended ai 
iples eating th. 



increased in number and in' 
evening, Jan. 5, he preached 
;e on the time of the dis 
Lord's Supper, showing by 
blackboard that it was not eaten at tb 
of the Jewish passover, but on the p 
day. The illustrations and explanation 
very much appreciated and so plain 

Id understand. The sermons were all ably 
ivered and appreciated by the audience. 
Although there were no accessions to the 
church, we are satisfied that good results will 
follow, Bro, Cripe promised to return to the 
: place and continue the meeting indefi- 
nitely. — S. S. Hummer, Colchester, III., Jan, 7 
Rock Creek.— We began a series of meet- 
ngs Dec. 23. Bro. Daniel Dierdorff, of Frank 
lin Grove, preached for us, Good attention 
paid to the Word preached. The attend 
was small owing to another denominatior 



by. Meetings closed 
re preached. 



r beginning April, : 



l MEETINGHOUSE. 

Previously reported Si, 

Ohio.— Forest Sink, Centre. 80 cents; John 
Warner, Jr., to cents; Lugan Ridge cong., I8.S0; 



holding meetings cl 

Jan. 3 Fourteen 

We hope to begin a 

South Clyde schoolhouse in the near future.- 

John W, Miller, Malvern, III., Jan, 0. 

Smlthboro. — Last Thursday, Dec. 27 
Bro. John Rench was buried. He was an ol< 
settler of this county, and in his death leave; 
but four members living in the Hurrican- 
Creek church that were members when th- 
writer was baptized,— Cornelius Kessler, Jan 

INDIANA. 



.—Eld. J. R. Wellington favored 
istructive gospel sermon last Sun- 
He was returning from assisting 
at Beech Grove congregation, A 
setings has been in progress for 
at Lower Fall Creek church 
a Foster and Andrew Snowbergei 
the meetings. Our attendance 
cellent both at Sunday school and 
:rvice.— /. S, Alldredge,Jan. it. 



Buck Creek.— We met in our regular coun- 
il Dec. 29. All was satisfactorily disposed of. 
Eld. D. F. Hoover was present. He remained 
Saturday night and Sunday. Our 
meetings will begin Feb. 16. Bro. A, 
C. Snowberger is to assist us in the meeting, 
reorganized our Sunday school for 
the first quarter. We think winter the best 
to have Sunday school. — /. B, Wike, 
Losanlvi/le, Ind„ R. R. No. 1, Jan. 7. 
Cedar drove.— Bro. Joseph Spilzer, of Sum- 
itville, Ind„ came to the Cedar Grove church 
ec. 28 and closed Jan. 7. He gave as thir- 
en good sermons. The meetings closed with 
)od interest. Bro. Spitzer has promised to 
torn sometime in April or May to continue 
e meetings as long as is deemed prudent. — 
Liretta Brown, Whitewater, Ind.,Jan, JO. 
Klllisburg.— At our special council meeting, 
ec. 27, to elect two deacons for the east part 
of our church, Bro. James Williams and Bro. 
David Cline were elected, and were installed, 
ministerial help was as follows; elders 
W. Bowser, James Hill, Eli Smeltzer, 
of Arcadia, Ind., J. P. Ulery, of Pyrmont, 
and Bro. James Kennedy, of Camden, 
Bro. Kennedy agreed to stay witl 
few days, and we began a meeting a 
night of Dec. 27. Bro. Kennedy preached th- 
Word with power and zeal. The meetinf 
closed Jan. 1. God's children were made glad 
hen three came forward and were baptized, 
his makes five since our last report.— Na- 
thaniel Crifie, Boy lesion, Ind., Jan, 2. 

Mlsslssloewa.— Yesterday we commenced 
series of meetings at our Union Grove house, 
id are ably assisted by Bro. D. C. Campbell, 
of Colfax, Ind, A mother and daughter were 
at our Shideler house under the 
preaching of Bro. Geo. L. Stndebaker, since 
my last report.— John F. Shoemaker, Shideler, 
Ind., Jan, 7. 

Notlce.-Eld. Alexander Miller, who is blind, 
now engaged at the new house of the Wal- 
lt congregation, Tippecanoe, Ind., holding 
seriesof meetings. Physical eyes ar 
gans of sight in the spiritual life. Though 
sye hath notseen, nor ear heard," yet h( 
id is enraptured with the sight. Thi 
gregations and attention are very good.- 
Mow, Argos, Ind., Jan, 8. 

Osceola.— Our elder, Bro. H. W. K 
baum, took charge of our regular quarterly 
conncil. Bro. Henry Burkey was re-elected 
superintendent of the Sunday school, 
have endeavored to follow the new pi 
home mission work, as adopted by ou 
District Meeting, by appointing a home 
sion board to look up suitable places for 
preaching. Our church starts the new year 
and new century clear of all debts. This re- 
quired a sacrifice on the part of the members, 
whom God will richly bless, We expect to 
begin a series of meetings in the near future.— 
Edgar Mock, Elkhart, Ind., Jan. j. 

Pyrmont.— This gives a brief report of the 
standing of this church for a year: Total num- 
ber of members, Jan. 1, igoo, 129; additions by 
baptism, 14 (including one from an adjoining 
church), 8 of them are Sunday-school scholars; 
by letter, 19; reclaimed, I ; number of letters 
granted, 8; number of deaths, 2; disfellow- 
shiped, 2; total number of members, Jan. 1, 
1901, 1 50; an evergreen Sunday school, average 
attendance of 78. As this gives an ingather- 
" souls we feel that the church is in good 
working order and should accomplish more 
he year to come.— Ellen Blickenstaff, 
Jan. 5, 

Pleasant Hill.— We have just closed a three 
weeks' series of meetings, which was conduct* 
ed by Bro. Geo. E. Stone, of Carson City, 
Mich. He commenced Dec. ig and closed 
Jan. 8. There are three applicants for baptism 
and others who we think were almost persuad- 
ed.— Chas. O, Gump, Art., Ind., Jan. 9, 

Roann.— We closed an interesting series of 
meetings Dec. 30 at the churcbhouse near 
Roann, conducted by our home ministers. 
Bro. George E. Swthart did the preaching to 
attentive congregations. The church has 
been edified and encouraged to press forward 
in the good work of the Lord.— Joseph John 
R.R.No\i,Jan.4, 

Union City — We are in the midst of a soul 
refreshing meeting at this place. Bro. Aaror 
Moss is doing the preaching. The Word i; 
presented with such power that sinners are be 
coming alarmed. There is a growing interest 
—£. Noffsinger, Jan, 5. 



IOWA. 

English River.— Of our work for 1900 we 
ubmit the following for English River church: 
Jeries of meetings held, three; lovefeasts, 
hree; special Bible school, one; officials elect- 
id, one minister, three deacons; additions by 
baptism, six; by letter, five; loss by death, one 
, one deacon; laity, three; by letter, five; 
present membership, 195; ministers, seven; 
deacons, nine.— S. F. Brower, South English, 
Iowa, Jan, 7. 
Falrview.— Jan. 5 we met in regular quar- 
rly council. A large amount of business was 
considered in the Christ-like spirit. Among 
other business was that of electing Sunday- 
d1 officers, The undersigned was made 
superintendent and Bro. O. Ogden assistant. 
Sunday school is in good working order. 
We decided to have a series of meetings be- 
ining Sept. 14. The need of more places of 
rship is keenly felt by the members of this 
congregation, bat as to the place of building 
they are undecided.—//. A, Whisltr, Udell, 
Iowa, Jan. 7. 

Mallard.— Our elder, J. D. Haughtelin, came 
to Webb, Iowa, Dec. 29 and began meetings at 
a new point, fifteen miles west of Mallard, 
where the doctrine once delivered to the 
saints was never preached before. He bad a 
full house, and good attention was given. Our 
brother returned home after preaching one 
week, delivering nine sermons. We believe 
be left the people more hungry for the truth 
than he found them. While there were no 
accessions we believe the seed sown will bring 
forth frnit. We believe this point will become 
an established one for the Brethren. We 



found in this place some Brett 


ren's children.— 


E. C. Whitmer,Jan.B. 




Ait. Etna church met Ja 


, 5 for regular 


council. All business was pie 


asantly disposed 


of. We decided to have a se 


ries of meetings 


soon, by Bro. S. F. Brower. 


One letter was 



granted.— Nellie Baily, Jan, 9. 

Panther.— Jan. 2 closed onr term of eight- 
een lessons in singing, given by Bro. Geo. B. 
Holsinger, of Virginia, and all have been so 
well pleased with the results that many feel 
like calling him for another term next winter, 
Our class numbered about seventy and the in- 
terest was good from beginning to end. Bro, 
Geo. D. Zollers will give us a few meetings, 
commencing. Jan. 15. Our church record 
shows a membership of ninety-seven members, 
which is less than for a number of years, 
Eleven letters were granted and two disowned 
during the past year; one death. — /. S. Sheaf- 
M.Jan. 8. 

Sheldon. — During the holidays we visited 
the little congregation of Gillett Grove, Clay 
County, Iowa. This was one of the earlier 
organizations in northwestern Iowa. It has 
seen more prosperous days. Emigration ha3 
greatly reduced its numbers. Bro. A. H. 
Reeves, having just moved to northern Minne- 
sota, leaves them without a resident minister. 
There are still a few faithful that remain. 
They would be glad to have a minister move 
among them. There are two points that ought 
to have preaching regularly. We met with 
the brethren in council, also visited and 
preached as much as the weather would per- 
mit. Should any one desire to correspond, 
address Bro. W. S. Ramer, Dickens, Iowa, or 
Bro. David Brallier, Greenville, Iowa.—/. £■ 
Rolston.Jan. 7. 

South English.— Our special Bible school, 
which began Dec. 22, closed Jan. 2. The 
school was under the direction of Bro. E. S. 
Young, Bro. J. F. Souders aided in the work. 
The school was full of interest. Those attend- 
ing were spiritually strengthened. Different 
ones were present from other churches.— -S. F* 
Brower, Jan, 7, 

IDAHO. 

Nam pa.— The Brethren and sisters met in 
special council Jan. 1. We decided to have 
our regular quarterly council the first Saturday 
of each quarter from this date. Considerable 
business was pleasantly transacted. Ten let- 
ters of membership were read, among which 
were one elder, one minister in the second de- 
gree and one deacon. Our number is increas- 
ing. We- now number forty-six. There are 
other brethren and sisters among ns who have 
not yet presented their letters. We reorgan- 
ized our Sunday school Dec. 30. Bro. C. V. 
Whallon was rechosen superintendent and 
Bro. J. E. Neher assistant. The school ia well 
attended, with goi.d interest.— Hettie Whallon, 
Jan. 3. 



THE GOSPEL MESSEIfcTG-IEIR,. 



Payette Valley church met in quarterly 
coancil Jan. 5. All business was disposed of 
in a Christian spirit. Decided to hold a series 
of meetings beginning Jan. 20; also reorgan- 
ized oar Sunday school by re-electing the 
writer as superintendent, John Bushong assist- 
ant. Seven members were received by letter. 
—Judson Beckwith, Payette, Idaho, Jan. 8. 
KANSAS. 

Cottonwood- — We closed our series of 
meetings on Wednesday, Dec. 19, with no ac- 
cessions to the church; but we believe much 
good was done. Bro. Miller is certainly an 
able speaker and we have reason to believe 
that the fruit of his labors will make itself 
manifest in the near future. The members 
are ranch encouraged.— E. B. Sargant, Dun- 
lap, /Cans., /an. 6. 

Fredonla.— The Brethren Sunday school 
was reorganized the last Sunday in December. 
E. J. Sell was chosen superintendent. After 
Sunday school we had a good sermon preached 
by Bro. W, B. Sell, our District evangelist. 
Everybody seemed to enjoy the sermon. — 
Pearl Stauffer, Dec. 31. 

Maple Grove.— Yesterday our regular quar- 
terly council was held. It was decided to hold 
a love feast in connection with the District 
Meeting, which is to be held here in the 
spring. This evening closes a two weeks' 
meeting held by the home ministers. Owing to 
the inclemency of the weather most of the 
time the crowds were not large. We have an 
evergreen Sunday school which we reorgan- 
ized to-day for a six-months term. — Laura M. 
Skuey, Rockwell City, Kans.,Jan, 6. 

Parsons.— Bro. W. B. Sell, the evangelist of 
Southeastern Kansas, occupied the pulpit at 
this place from Friday evening, Jan. 4, until 
Tuesday evening, Jan. 9. Bro. Sell is an able 
speaker, as was manifested by good attend- 
ance and attention. Bro. N. Oren and wife 
were present with us on Tuesday evening, 
Bro. Oren conducting the song service. Bro. 
J. S. Clark and family, of the Verdigris church, 
and Bro. Samuel UUery and wife, of Neosho 
church, have now located in our church, and 
feel as though we are now strongly fortified. 
Both of the above brethren are deacons. Bro. 
Sell will preach the first Sunday, Bro. M. O. 
Hodgden the third Sunday, and Bro. N. Oren 
the fourth Sunday of each month. — Ma Belle 
Murray, 2322 Stevens Ave., Jan, 11. 
MARYLAND. 

Peach Blossom.— We have enjoyed a twe 
weeks' series of meetings, closing Dec. 30. 
They were held in the Fairview house, and 
conducted by Eld. Geo. S, Rairigh, of Denton, 
from an adjoining congregation. Two, a 
young brother and sister, were by baptism 
added to our band of young members, The 
attendance was not large, but the interest was 
good. — W. E. Sanger, Cordova, Md.,Jan,3, 
MINNESOTA. 

Root River.— This church met in quarterly 
council Saturday, Jan, 5. Considerable busi- 
ness came before the meeting and everything 
passed off pleasantly. SuDday school was reor- 
ganized for a year with Sister Lizzie Broadwater 
as superintendent and Sister Hannah Shook as 
assistant. Sister Sadie J. Miller, of Waterloo, 
Iowa, is conducting a singing school at this 
place.— Cora M. Ogg, Greenleafton, Minn., 
Jan. 8. 

Winona church met in regular council Jan. 
3- AU business passed off pleasantly. Our 
elder, Jacob Wirt, presided. Bro. Henry 
Lewis was elected secretary. We reorganized 
our Sunday school. Bro. John Wirt was 
chosen superintendent.— IV, W. Thoman, Al- 
mon, Minn., Jan, 3. 

niGHIQAN. 

Black River.— Our quarterly council oc- 
curred Saturday, Dec. 29. Our number was 
father small, but we had a pleasant meeting. 
All business was disposed of in a Christian man- 
ner. One of our ministers, Bro. David Thom- 
as, has been poorly for some time, but was 
able to attend the council,— Isaac Flora, South 
Haven, Mick., Jan. 7. 

MISSOURI. 

Fairview.— This church met in quarterly 
council Jan. 5. We reorganized our Sunday 
school by electing Bro. J. B. Shank superin- 
tendent and Bro. John Lapp assistant superin- 
tendent.— Elsie Shank, Cherry Box, Mo., Jan. 

Prairie View We held our quarterly 

council meeting Saturday, Jan. 5. We reor- 



ganized Sunday school with Bro. R. H. Lingle 
superintendent and Bro. Jacob Shank assist- 
ant. We decided to use the Brethren's quar- 
terlies, and also to have the Children at Work 
for the smalt children. Sister Maggie Moo- 
maw was chosen missionary collector. Two 
letters were granted.— Alice L. Lehman, For- 
tuna, Mo., Jan. 7. 

NEBRASKA. 

Octavla congregation met in regular council 
Jan. s, with Eld. J. B. Moore presiding. After 
the usual business an election for church and 
Sunday-school officers was held. Bro. M. N. 
Wine was re-elected superintendent. The 
needs of the poor in our congregation were 
considered. We also send a contribution for 
mission work in Porto Rico. Some attention 
was given to increasing our Sunday-school 
library. One was received by letter. Jan. 12 
Bro. E. S. Young will open a two weeks' Bible 
normal.— C. K. Burkholder.Jan. 7. 
NORTH DAKOTA. 

Carrlngton.— Once more our regular coun- 
cil meeting passed off pleasantly. Consider- 
able business was disposed of. Some matters 
were deferred, because of small attendance, 
owing to severe cold weather. Our Sunday 
school prospers despite the winter seaso 
Recently we organized a Bible reading, co 
suming one hour jast previous to our regul 
evening service, which is proving a source 
knowledge and instruction to our member- 
ship,— Thomas Hecker,Jan.s. 

Des Lacs Valley church met in council Jan 
5. At this meeting four were added to oui 
number, three by letter and one restored. — A 
W. Hawbaker, Kenmare, N. Dak., Jan. 7. 

Red River Valley.— We convened at 11 A 
M. on Christmas day for public worship. A 
very interesting discourse was delivered by 
Bro. George Strycker. The attendance 
very good. We had services on Thanksgiving 
day. Our Sunday school closed to-day. W 
expect to reorganize beginning with the secom 
quarter of 1901. Our prayer meeting is held 
each Thursday evening. It seems to be grow- 
ing in interest. — Nettie Strycker, Mayville, N. 
Dak., Dec. 30. 

NORTH CAROLINA. 

Laurelsprings. — We have just closed 3 
short series of meetings in our home congrega- 
tion with good results, I am now on my way 
to the Brethren at Peak Creek to hold a meet- 
ing for them. This is our old home congrega- 
tion where we were born and raised. I expect 
to go from there to Doves Mill, Tenn. — John 
C. Woodie,Jan. 5. 

OHIO. 

Black Swamp. — Bro. Simon Garber, 
Freemont, Ohio, came to us Dec. 29 and 
mained until Jan. 6, preaching ten interesting 
sermons, and also one funeral sermon. W 
think all were profited by the preaching. W 
met in council Jan. 10. Our elder, C. L. Wilkin* 
was with us. All business passed off in love 
and union. We elected Bro. Lawrence Bakei 
Sunday-school superintendent and Bro. Thom- 
as Crago assistant. Bro. Wilkins remained 
and preached for us In the evening.— Cather- 
ine Garner, Moline, Ohio, Jan. a. 

Dayton. — The College Street Sunday 
school recently selected as superintendent, G. 
W. Brumbaugh and for assistant, D. S. Mussel- 
man. During the year jast past the total of- 
fering was 8203.58; the missionary offering, 
$56.62; library offering, $47- r 3; expenses, $99.83. 
The average attendance was 105. — Elmer 
Wombold.Jan. 4. 

Eagle Creek. — Our series of meetings is 
now but a pleasant memory, with the abiding 
fact that a spiritual development has taken 
place. Five precious souls were added to the 
Lord's side. Bro. Shroyer was with us and 
faithfully and earnestly preached the Word— 
twenty-eight sermons.— Chas. A. Bame, Wit- 
liamstown, Ohio, Jan. 9. 

Farmersvllle. — Our members of Lower 
Twin church expect to begin a series of meet- 
ings Feb. 2, at the Twin Valley house. Eld. 
L. H. Eby, of Mound City, Mo., will conduct 
the meetings. The meetings closed at Salem 
church, Ohio, with two souls added to the 
Lord. I have agreed to begin meetings with 
the Union City church, Ind„ at the Hill Grove 
house, on Saturday evening, Jan. 12.— D. M. 
Garverjan.il. 

Loramle.— Bro. J. R. Rarick, of Indiana, be- 
gan a series of meetings Dec. 22 and closed on 
the evening of Jan. 6, Four were received in- 
to the church, two by baptism and two were re- 



claimed. The meetings were well attended 
and much appreciated by all. Bro. Rarick 
has labored earnestly for the good cause at 
this place— Lissie McKinstry, Hardin, Ohio, 
Jan.?. 

Mattmee church met in quarterly council 
Jan. 5, with our elder, Jacob Kintoer, presiding. 
Two were received by letter, Bro. John W. Kil- 
lian and wife. Bro. Killian being a minister 
in the second degree gives us roach encourage- 
ment. The business of the meeting passed off 
with a good spirit. — David Shong, Skenuood, 
Ohio, Jan. 10. 

Pleasant Valley We expect to dedicate 

our new house at North Dayton (known as the 
Gordon house), about ten miles northeast of 
Union City, Iud,, and five miles Bouth of Ft. 
Recovery, Ohio, Sunday, Jan. 20, at 10: 30 A, 
M. Bro. Jacob Rairick, of Royerton, Ind., is 
expected to deliver the dedicatory sermon.— 
Chas. E. Mikesell, Cosmos, Ohio, Jan. 7. 

Salem.— Our series of meetings closed Jan. 
6 with two accessions. Bro. D. M. Garver will 
certainly enjoy a rest, as he left rather unwell. 
—Ezra Flory, Center, Ohio, Jan. S. . 

OKLAHOHA TERRITORY. 
Turkey Creek church met in quarterly 
council Dec. 29. In the absence of our elder, 
Bro, Brubaker presided. One was received by 
letter and four letters were granted, All in 
love and peace.— M. E. Anglemyer, Ponca 
City, Oklajan.4. 

PENNSYLVANIA. 

Carlisle Springs.— Eternity alone will re- 
veal what the Messenger has doue for those 
who read its columns, It has been a power fo 
good with both saint and sinner, as it goes into 
the homes of many and preaches powerful 
sermons every week. God only knows how 
much good It does and what a help it is to 
those who do not have the pleasure and privi- 
lege of attending divine worship regularly, to 
meet with those of like precious faith to wor- 
ship God. May God still continue to bless the 
good cause in the year we have just begun, as 
he has in the one just gone by.— Dessie M. 
Zeitferjan, 1. 

Harrlsburg. — Eld. S. R. Zug called the 
church in special council last evening, Elders 
Longanecker and Witmer were present. The 
election of church officers was in order, Bro. 
A. L. B. Martin was elected minister and Bro. 
Aaron Hoffer deacon. They were immediate- 
ly installed into office. The church officers 
now consist of one minister and three deacons. 
— /. C, Eshelman, 340 South Fourteenth St., 
Jan. 8. 

Loysburg.— At our quarterly council, held 
at the Koons meetinghouse Dec. 29, Bro. Her- 
man S. Gayer and his companion were in- 
stalled into the ministry, and Bro. Henry Koons 
and companion to the deacon's office. The 
business of the meeting passed off very pleas- 
antly. Last night we closed a very interesting 
series of meetings of two weeks' duration, con- 
ducted by our home ministers. Bro, Wm, 
Ritcbey did most of the preaching. Thirteen 
were received into the church through bap- 
tism, and one applicant. Brethren David 
Detwiler and Levi Stuckey, of Enterprise, Pa., 
administered baptism. These meetings closed 
with the best of interest. Meetings were held 
in the Koons house.— Jacob S. Guyer, Dec. 31. 

Meyersdale. — We met in council Jan 1. 
Some officers were elected and arrangements 
made for the coming year, Everything 
passed off pleasantly. It was agreed to have 
meeting every two weeks in daytime. The 
contributions on Thanksgiving day were sent 
to the Pittsburg mission — something near 
twenty-two dollars. Our Sunday school is do- 
ing well. The interest keeps up. We held 
Christmas exercises of about one hour, consist- 
ing of class songs by the children and short 
recitations by about all of them, Scripture 
reading and an address; singing by the school 
and a treat — 250 packages. We had a very 
pleasant time.— /. C.Johnson, Jan, 4. 

Oriental.— Dec. 29 Bro. Daniel Shroyer, of 
Carroll, Pa., commenced a series of meetings at 
our place, continuing till Jan. 6. Jan. I Bro. 
Green Shively, of White Springs, Pa., came 
and assisted. One sister was reclaimed. 
Many were almost persuaded to put on Christ. 
The weather and roads could not have been 

passed. Attendance was good.— John S. 

Showers, Jan. 9. 

Royersford.— The members of Royersford 

id Spring City mission were convened in 

meeting for the purpose of organizing said 



ion into a German Baptist Brethren 
church. Elders present were J. P. Hetrick, 
ise Zigler, Abram Grater, Jacob Z, Got- 
ills, and others, Eld. J. P. Hetrick presided. 
The organization was completed. Bro. J. P. 
Hetrick wjs chosen elder of our church. The 
church decided to elect two deacons, The 
choice fell upon Bro. McKee and Bro. W. S, 
Price, who were duly installed. We have 
sixty-five or seventy members here with breth- 
ren N. Y. Eisenberg and Wm. G. Nyce as 
preachers. Our Sunday school was reorganized 
for another year. Superintendent, Bro. W. 
S. Price; assistant superintendent, J, L. 
Eisenburg. Our Sunday-school enrollment is 
about 180 scholars.— B. Frank Roeller,Jan. 9, 
Smlthfleld — Bro. J. H. Beer came to us 
Dec. S and stayed till Dec. 19, preaching sev- 
enteen sermons. Two came out on the Lord's 
side and were received by Christian baptism. 
—Lissie C. Wineland, Martinsburg, Pa., Jan. 

Sprlngvllle.-Dec. 30 Eld. Benjamin Hottel, 
of Passer, Pa„ came to us and began a series 
of meetings at Blaiusport meetinghouse. He 
closed Jan. 6, The result was one made will- 
ing to follow Christ. Bro. Hottel is an able 
speaker. The services were held in the Ger- 
man language. They were interesting -and 
well attended. The people speak German. 
Jan, 5 we held our quarterly council with not 
so large an amount of business. A loving 
spirit prevailed.— Aaron li. Gibbet, Ephrata, 
Pa., Jan. 7. 

Upper Dublin.— This church was favored 
with a visit of love by Bro. W. G, Nyce, of 
Royersford Pa„ on Jan. 6. He preached two 
very acceptable sermons to appreciative audi- 
ences.— B. F. Kitintger.Jan. 7. 

Union Deposit.— Grace and peace be multi- 
plied. Who would ever have thought of such a 
greeting (see Messenger, page 8) had not 
God revealed his inmost personality In the in- 
carnation of his Son? This stupendous fact 
will be the inexhaustible theme of the endless 
ages, Jesus is not only the Mediator of re- 
demption, but of creation and providence. 
Spirit-illumiued eyes.— C. H. Balsbaughjan, 
8. 

Valley Mill.— We are in the midst of a very 
interesting Bible school and series of meetings 
in the Snake Spring church. This is the first 
Bible normal held in this congregation, and 
both old and young are taking hold of the 
study of God's Book in a creditable manner. 
Jan. 13 we expect to begin a Bible term in the 
Brethren's house in the town of Everett, 
Eld. B. F. Masterson will teach "Doctrine" 
and the writer will teach " The Four Gospels " 
and "The First Epistle of Peter."—/. Kurtz 
Miller, Jan.7. 

West Johnstown church met in regular 
quarterly council on New Year's evening. All 
business was disposed of in a Christian spirit. 
Bro. C. A. McDowell and Bro. F, L, Myers were 
advanced to the second degree of the ministry. 
The West Johnstown church enters her work 
of the new year and new century with bright 
prospects. We have regular preaching serv- 
ices at four places. At two of these places we 
have services once each Lord's Day. At one 
we have services twice each Lord's Day; at the 
other once every two weeks, but we are now 
making arrangements to have services once 
each Lord's Day at this place, We have an 
evergreen Sunday school at each of our regu- 
lar appointments. To properly conduct these 
services requires a great deal. of hard labor 
and consecrated laborers. We need more ear- 
nest Sunday-school workers. The church has 
purchased a lot in the eighteenth ward of the 
city and will erect thereon a churchhouse in 
the near future. We will then have two 
houses in the city of Johnstown. — N. W, 
Berkley, Ferndale, Johnstown, Pa., Jan, 8. 
TENNESSEE. 

Doves Mill.— We, the borne ministers of 
Pleasant View church, Cherokee district, 
Tenn,, commenced a protracted meeting on 
Christmas day. We had a very interesting 
Bermon preached on Christmas at 10 A. M, by 
Bro. Jesse Clark, one of our home ministers. 
At night we again met for services, when the 
:r tried to tell the "old story of the infant 
i." By consent of the church we contin- 
ued meetings till on Friday, when Bro. Augus- 
tus Laughrun, of Erwin, Tenn., came to help 

. With his aid we continued meetings night 

id day till Thursday, Jan. 3. We have no 

additions to report, bat we are satisfied in our 

( Concluded on last Page.) 



THE G-OSIPIEXj MESSEITGEB- 



Jan. 19, igoi. 



Only those 
ring children, 
■oundings can 
ice. Od the 



From Utah. 

Experience is a true teach 
who have gone from home, It 
school, church and pleasant s 
comprehend its true signifk 
evening of Nov. 26, 1900, after giving the fare- 
well kiss and saying "good-bye" many times to 
our dear children, and kind friends In Ohio, 
we boarded the train which so rapidly bore us 
away from our dear home, perhaps never 
again to return. A sad thought. But still a 
sadder thought is it to evade duty and then 
finally be eternally separated. 

As at each passing hour, and each fleeting 
moment we were swiftly gliding on, we be- 
came more and more reconciled to the situa- 
tion. Believing that God has called and the 
Master's cause is demanding, therefore cheer- 
fully do we go. 

The first night brought us safe into the Illi- 
nois Central depot in the great city of Chicago, 
at 7: 15 A. M„ Nov. 27. At once we were 
transferred by back to the Northwestern de- 
pot. We soon found Bro. Galen B. Royer, in 
company with Bro. Isaac Frantz, of Newton, 
Ohio, who was on his way to Pyrmont, Ind. 
Bro. Royer arranged with Mr. W. IJ. Kniskcrn 
(the general passenger agent of the North- 
western) for our transportation. 

At 10: 30 P. M. we left Chicago for our new 
home in the Bear River Valley, Utah, a dis- 
tance of over fifteen hundred miles from Cbi- 
Corinnc. Our accommodations were 

uld ask. We had very comfortable 

quarters in a tourist sleeper. The kindness of 
the conductors and the politeness of our porter 
added much to the pleasure of this long jour- 
ney. Could we have taken the entire trip by 
day, it would have afforded us the privilege of 
seeing much more to interest us than other- 






houses, they filling one-half of the appoint- 
ents and 1 the other half. In connection 
th these services two Sunday schools are 
conducted. The Sunday schools are union— 
purely Gentile— having a representation ot 
Methodists, Baptists, Christians, Presbyterians 
and Brethren. 

Last Sabbath a number of us drove eight 
miles, attended Sunday school and church, 
immediately after which we drove four miles 
furlhcr, attended another Sunday school and 
preaching service, then home; had dinner and 
supper at S P. M. Bro. Wesley Weybright 
and family, of Indiana, recently spent a week 
in the valley. 

We shall look forward with pleasure to see 
more of our people come to the valley. We 
desire an interest in the prayers of God's chil- 
dren, D. S. FlLBRUN. 
Corinne, Utah, Jan, ./. 

Prom Quemahonlng Church, Pa. 



On Christm 
to anoint Sisti 
ill health for 
trated by thf 
later our hea 
youn( 



s father and 1 were called upon 
r Mary Berkey who has been in 
some time and who was pros- 
death of her son. Two days 
Is were gladdened when three 
heads of families) presented 



themselves in their usual hospitable manner 
ng the visitors, for which they 
have the thanks of the Committee, 

John R. Snyder. 
Bellefontaine, Ohio. 

From Crocus, Towner Co., N. Dak. 

ongregation 



Mohler presided 
his resignation a 
gregation, as ht 
The church the 



of Rocklake 
uncil Nov. 10. Bro. L 
Bro.J.L. Thomas tendei 
n charge of this c 
ntends moving to India 
elected Bro. J. H. Fike 



■ |,l. 



years ago celebrated his twenty-fifth year 
ervice with them. Dr. Foote's sermon is 
deeply spiritual and practically helpful. Ur. 
David Gregg gives one of his "Memorial 
Window "sermons, with a memorial address 
by the venerable Dr. T. L. Cayler. The Ser- 
mon Outlines include able sketches by Dr. Jas. 
W. Weddeil, J. Wilbur Chapman, N. D. Hillis 
and J. P. Gerrie, editor of the Canadian Con- 
gregationalist. "The Progress of Religious 
Toleration" is a strong article by President 
John H. Barrows, of Oberlin; and Dr. S. B. 
Rossiter, of the McAll Mission, has a timely 
sermon on " The Old Century to the New." 



As we beheld the grandeur and loveliness of 
nature's scenery, in passing along over deep 
and wide rivers, traversing the fertile valleys, 
the vast apparently barren plains, and cross- 
ing over bills and mountains,— and then there 
were thousands of horses, cattle and sheep in 
herds and ilocks roaming and feeding over the Suga 
extensive prairies of Nebraska. Wyoming and 
Utah,— we were completely fascinated by the 
exquisitely beautiful picluresqueness of the 
panoramic scene of nature. 

At 5: 30 A. M., on Friday, we arrived at 
Ogden, Utah. Here we waited until 7: 40 
before we could get a train for Corinne. Og- 
den is the county seat of Weber County, Utah 
at the junction of the Weber and Ogden rivers 
at the junction of Southern Pacific and Union 
Pacific railroads. It has large agricultural 
and mining interests, a population of three 
thousand of mixed nationalities. 

We arrived at Corinne at 8: 10 A. M., Nov. 
30, all well, happy and safe, for which we 
praised the Lord. Our company for the Val- 
ley consisted of twenty-five persons, some 
joining ua at Chicago and some at Omaha; 
most of them locating in the valley. 

We are now in our new home, and indeed 
we have a very comfortable and convenient 
house in which to live, one among the best in 
the valley. The Land Company is to be com- 
mended for the kind of a house erected for us. 
Brother and Sister Yoder made us feel entire- 
ly welcome in their home and entertained us 
very kindly until we could arrange for our- 
selves. Our members here were not a little 
delighted at our coming among them. In fact, 
everybody, even the Mormons, seemed glad, 
and gave us a warm reception and bade us 

in the valley but a short time, 

atements to make concerning 

Neither the readers of the 

ny one else, need look for 



for baptism. 
On New Year we met in special council a 
Maple Spring. Among other business, thre< 
letters were granted, two to a deacon and hi 

Christmas services were held at Hoovers 

ville in the evening and a Sunday school trea 

Maple Spring in daytime. 

The membership of the Quemahoning 

church numbered about 246 at the close of the 

:nth century, including two elders, five 

rs in the second degree and fifteen dea- 

During the year abuut nine were bap- 

nc reclaimed and eleven were received 

by letter; while we lost by letter seven and by 

death two, making us a gain of twelve. 

We have seven meetinghouses, at four of 
which Sunday schools were maintained, viz: 
Sipesville, Hooversville, Maple Spring 



The 



Ho 



ville 



Two love feaBts and two series of 
meetings were held, besides a number of pri- 
vate love feasts. One local Sunday-school 
meeting was held and one elder ordained. 

May the century now opening be one of 

great activity along all lines of church work. 

And while all the different avenues of church 

work are being pushed let us not remove the 

narks which our fathers have set 



their presiding elder. 

We also met in regular quarterly counci 
Jan. I, at the Crocus schoolhouse. The at 
tendance was not very large on account of th 
very severe cold weather, the thermometer reg- 
istering thirty-eight degrees below zero. Y< 
we were well represented, considering tt 
weather. Bro. J. H. Fike presided. Two Ic 
ters were granted. We have two regul; 
preaching points this winter, one in the north 
and the other in the south end of the district. 

We have decided to organize a Sunday 
school and hold services every two weeks in 
the east side of the district at the Twin Hill 
schoolhouse as soon in the spring as the weath- 
er will permit. We also have services this 
winter at the Crocus schoolhouse, near the 
west line, which will be kept up by the Breth- 
ren of Rocklake and Snider Lake congrega- 
tions. J. M. Marklev. 

Jan, 3, ^___„_^_ 

Statistics of the Ephrata Congregation, 
Pa., for the Year 1900. 

Number of members in the congregation 
Jan. t, 1900, 128; number received by baptism, 
12; applied for membership, 1; number re- 
ceived by letter, 12; number restored to fellow- 
ship, 2; number moved out by letter, 9; num- 
lisowned, 1; removed by death, 2; increase 
for the year, 15; number of members in con- 
egation at present, 143- 
This congregation also contributed for 
church expenses and missionary contributions 
etween S325 and $350 the last year. 

E. B. Lefever, i 
Jan. 4. „ 

From Washington, D. C. 



MATRIMONIAL - 



KIMMEL — DITMER. — By the under- 
signed at his residence, Jan. I, 1001, Bro. 
Jacob Kimmel, of Brookville, Montgomery 
Co., Ohio, and Sister Sarah Ditmer, of George- 
town (Potsdam), Miami Co., Ohio. 

D. C. Hendrickson. 

TRENT— TRUSS. — At the home of the 
bride, near Cerrogordo, 111., Dec. la, igoo, by 
ndersigned, Mr. John C. Trent, of Flora, 
Ind., and Miss Minnie C. Truss, of Macon 
County, III. A. L. Bingaman. 



rthe 



of 1 



nformity to the 



i.rlrl 



us strive to keep the world out of the 
church. J.E. Blough. 

Stantons Mills, Pa., Jan. 3. 



Clothing was receiv 
December, iqoo: One 1 
Sam's Creek Sewing Cii 
clothing from the Sisl 



1 as follows during 
x of clothing fro: 
,e, Md.; one box of 
Aid Society of Mill 



The New Year's Missionary Meeting. 

The Reading Circle Missionary meeting ; 
ranged for New Year's Day and held in t 
Logan church is an event of the past only so 
far as. the literal meeting is concerned. The 
inituence of the meeting will continue to go on 
and expand for time to come. Viewing it 
from any point, it was a success. The attend- 
ance was good; the attention was excellent; 
the interest taken by all was to be commended. 
The productions were above the ordinary and 
things pertaining to spiritual development 
,ed to be uppermost. If we keep the re- 
s made at this meeting we cannot help 
ee a marked improvement in the Chi 



Creek, Va.; ( 
Ridge, Va.; 
bethtown, I 
Meyersdale, 
Franklin Gr 



box of clothing from Bar 
: box of clothing from El 

one barrel of potatoes fi 
,; one barrel of clothing from 
.III. 



. . . FALLEN * ASLEEP 



' Bless 






b die in the Lord." 



Godspeed in 
Having been ii 

I have few sta 

this new country 

Messenger, nor 

any exaggerating reports from my pen, rela 

tive to the outlook in this valley, whethe 

financial, educational, or religious. I desire t 
make statements consistent with facts, Ou 
mission is mainly the good of souls, 

I feel to say to those of our brethren wh 
are contemplating a change of location, eitht 
for health or pecuniary gain, come and see th 
country for yourselves. We enjoy the worl 
country and climate, so far, very much. 

Our Mission IVorh.—Al first a little time 
was needed to make necessary arrangements 
for onr work. Thus far we have preached 
twice, one a Christmas, the other a New Year's 
sermon. We shall, from now on, have regular 
appointments, preaching every Sabbath. I 
alternate with the Methodist minister, Wilks, 
and the Christian minister, Hall, in two school- 



ian work of th 


i Southern and Northwestern 


Districts of Ohic 




Especially m 


ust we commend the sermon 


on Monday ev 


mng, Dec. 31, by Bro. S. P 


Berkeybile, on 


Tuesday evening, Jan. 1, by 


Bro. P. B. Fitzw 


ater. Of the latter, one of the 


foremost elders 


of the Brotherhood said pub 


licly, " I wish e 


very member of the Brethren 


church could h 


we heard this sermon." His 



; are glad to be remembered by 
iren and sisters from far and near. We 
been made happy by your contributions, 
mpanied with your prayers for our suc- 
May God so bless and direct us, as 
stewards, that his name may be glorified and 
souls be saved and gathered in, as a reward 
of your labors of love and sacrifices. The 
cash received will be acknowledged by the 
treasurer of the Helping Hand Society. 

Carrie A. Westergren. 
4 ot nth St., S. E. 



theme was "The Everlasting Gospel." We 
are sure that from this time the Reading Cir- 
cle has an assured place in the work of the 
Brethren church, not alone in imparting in- 
formation of missions and mission lands, but 
in active work and aggressive agitation. 

The Reading Circle Missionary meeting is 
no longer an experiment. We hope to have 
such meetings regularly from now on, and wi 
hope other Districts will take up the baltl 
and not rest until the world h<*s been won fo 
Christ. The organization of the meeting was 
as follows: Moderator, Eld. L. H. Dickey; 
Timekeeper, Eld. J. B. Light; Secretary, John 
R. Snyder. The Logau church acqnitted 



OUR BOOK TABLE. 

We find the Eagle, Brooklyn, N. Y., an 
ceedingly interesting journal. "The sern: 
of Dr. Newell Dwight Hillis" (Plymouth 
church, Brooklyn), successor to Henry Ward 
Beecher, are published in the Daily Eagle 
every Monday, together with full reports of the 
sermons of pastors of prominent churches in 
Greater New York. The Monday Eagle con- 
tains more articles on homiletics than any 
other daily paper in the United States. Sam- 
ples sent on request. 



The Treasury of Religious Thought, E. B, 
Treat & Co., Publishers, New York, for Janu- 
ary, 1901, opens the century in good form. Ii 
begins with an "illustrated sermon," by Rev 
G. H. Hubbard, of Enfield, Mass., which i: 
not only pleasantly illustrated in the magazine 
but contains also complete suggestions foi 
very full illustration in the pulpit. The fron- 
tispiece is a portrait of Rev. Lewis Ray Foote, 
I D. D., of Brooklyn, whose important church 



BURNS.— At his home at Burr Oak, Ind., 
Oct. 20, iqoo, of Bright's disease and old age, 
Michael Burns, aged 82 years and 23 days. 
His wife preceded him Jan. 11, 1898. He was 
the son of Michael and Hannah Burns, Sr. 
He was married to Nancy A. Shock, May 30, 
1841. Thirteen children blessed their union. 
Father and mother were both born in Miami 
County, Ohio. Father Burns was a member of 
the Old Order branch of the church, while 
mother remained with the Conservative body. 
He suffered a great deal during the last few 
days upon earth. Services by Bro. John Ap- 
pleraan at the Wesleyan Methodist church in 
Burr Oak. Interment at Union cemetery. 

W. E. Burns. 

BROWER. — Near Mexico, Ind., Dec. 21, 
iqoo, Anna Swihart Brower, aged 84 years, 3 
months and 29 days. She lived with her par- 
ents until her marriage to Joseph Brower Sept. 
15, 1845. Soon after marriage they came to 
Indiana and located near Mexico, on the farm 
where Aunt Anna lived for about fifty years. 
To this union were born four sons, She joined 
the church forty-three years ago, and lived an 
exemplary life. Aunt Anna was good to the 
sick, obliging to the poor, friendly to her 
neighbors. Funeral text, Luke 20: 36. 

Irvin Fisher. 

BECK— Near Fandon, 111., Dec. 29, 1000, 
after a brief illness, Bro. Joseph D. Beck, aged 
39 years, 10 months and 8 days. Deceased 
leaves a wife, mother, five brothers and three 
sisters. He was an exemplary member, and 
the church lost an efficient deacon. Inter- 
ment at the Brethren cemetery. Services by 
Bro. G. W. Cripe, of Cerrogordo, III. 

S. S. Hummer. 
BRUMBAUGH. — In Pittsburg, Pa., in a 
hospital, Dec. 17, 1900, of typhoid fever, Bro. 
Robert, youngest son of Brother John and Sister 
Delilah Brumbaugh, of New Enterprise, Pa„ 
aged 20 years, 4 months and 14 days. Brother 
Robert united with the church at the early 
age of eleven years. Services by brethren D. 
Detweiler and G. S. Myers, from Psa. 90: 12. 
The body was brought home for interment, 
E, A. Replogle. 
CHAPMAN.— In the Elkhart congregation, 
Ind., Dec. 8, 1900, John W. Chapman, aged 7 2 
years, 4 months and 8 days. He was married 
to Phcebe Jane Snyder April 10, 1846. He 
leaves a wife and nine children. He became 
a member of the Brethren church in early life 
and served as deacon for nearly forty years. 
Services by elders Abram Neff and Joseph 
Culp. David R. Myers. 

CAMPBELL.— Within the bounds of the 
Spring Creek congregation, Kosciasko Co., 
Ind., Sept. 23, 1900, Sister Mary Campbell, 
wife of V, D. Campbell, aged 68 years, 6 
, months and 8 days. Services by Eld. A. L- 
the Spring cemetery. 



Mil 



1 Newcomer. 



Jan. ig, igoi. 



THE GOSPEL MZESSE^G-EIR,. 



DILLMAN.— In the bounds of the Adams- 
boro church, Ind., Dec. 17, looo, Bro. Samuel 
S. Dillman, aged 77 years, 2 months and 24 
days. He was born in Preble County, Ohio, 
Sept. 23, 1823. He, with his parents, moved to 
Indiana in an early day. He has been almost 
helpless for five years. His first marriage was 
to Jane Jones. This anion was blessed with 
four children. June 23, 1874, he was united 
in marriage to Eva Ruse. He united with the 
church when a young man, and lived faithful 
until death. Services in the Spring Creek 
Christian church by the writer. 

W. L, Hatcher. 

DAVIS.— In the Green church, near Bruce, 
Va., Dec. 22, 1900, of tonsilitis and other ail- 
ments, Russet H. Davis, infant son of Charlie 

and Davis, aged 1 year, 1 1 months and 1 

day. Services at Linville Creek church by Eld. 
I, C. Myers, assisted by Bro. John H. Cline, 
from 2 Kings 4: 26. Jacob A. Garber, 

DIEHL.— In Gettysburg, Pa., Dec. 26, 1900, 
Sister Ellen A. Diehl, daughter of Isaac and 
Elizabeth Diehl, aged 27 years, 9 months and 
14 days. Sister Ellen was afflicted for several 
years, but bore it all patiently. Services by 
Eld. Joseph A. Long, of York, Pa. Text, " She 
is not dead but sleepeth." 

J. D. W. Deardorfp. 

FAHRNEY .— In the Falling Spring congre- 
gation, Franklin County, Pa., Oct. 20, 1900, 
Bro. Jacob W. Fahrney, aged 47 years, 5 
months and 5 days. He died of consumption, 
lingering for about two years. A love feast 
was held in his hoase just one week before his 
death. He leaves a wife (a sister), three sons 
and one daughter. Services by the writer, as- 
sisted by Eld.Wm. C. Koonu, from Rev. 14: 
13. Interment in Price's church cemetery. 
Isaac Riddlesberger. 

GOCHENOUR. — In the bounds of the 
Woodstock church, Shenandoah Co., Pa., Dec. 
27, 1900, Sister Elizabeth Gochenour, aged 6g 
years and n days. Services by the writer, 
assisted by Bro. J. Wakeman, from Rev. 2: 10. 
S. A. Shaver. 

GERBER.— In the Big Swatara church, Pa., 
Dec. 27, 1900, of diphtheria, Sallie Gerber, wife 
of John Gerber, aged 31 years. She was sick 
two weeks. She was a model sister, one on 
whom you could depend.- She felt deeply in- 
terested in the church. She leaves a husband 
and three sons. Private interment in Brethren 
graveyard at Hanoverdale, A. J. Shope. 

HOLLAR.— In the Greenmount church, Va., 
Dec. 8, igoo, of hemorrhages, Sister Catherine 
Hollar, aged 79 years, 1 1 months and 17 days. 
She leaves four daughters and three sons. 
One son preceded her, Services at Mt. Zion 
church by elders I. C. Myers and Benjamin 
Miller, J, A. Garber. 

MATTHEWS.— In Westminster, Md., Dec, 
18, 1900, Mr. R. Chas, Matthews, aged about 
58 years. He had been for many years ; 
prominent man in the municipal affairs of tb 
city of Westminster. A venerable father am 
mother, and a widow, Sister Harriet, as well a 
one daughter and two sons, aurvive him 
Services in the city at his son's residence, Mi 
Geo. E. Matthews, by elders Bonsack, Bixle 
and the writer. Interment in the city ceme 
ter y. W. E. Roop. 



MILLER. — At Atchison, Kans., Dec. 
1900, W. I. Miller, aged 35 years, 9 months 1 
30 days. He was born in Cumberland Cour 
Pa., Feb. 6, 1865. He was a son of Sis 
Susan Miller, of Plattsburg, Mo. He wa 
foreman in the shops at Atchison for so 
years. While repairing a small engine on 
Missouri River Bridge, be met with an at 
dent that caused his death. Mr. Miller y 



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leaves her with four small children, a widowed 
mother, five brothers and one sister. He was 
a moat excellent young man, as all could 
testify who knew him. Interment in the 
Brethren's burying ground. Services by the 
writer . D. D. Sell. 

MYER. — At her home, in the Conestoga 
congregation, Pa., Dec. 27, igoo, Sister Salinda 
Myer, wife of Bro. Abram Myer, aged 51 years, 
lo months and 18 days. She was a devoted 
sister. She leaves her husband (a brother), 
three sons and six daughters. Services by 
brethren I. W. Taylor and H. D. Royer, as- 
sisted by the home ministry. Interment in 
their home cemetery near by, 

Abram H. Royer. 



McMILLEN.— Near Perth, N. Dak., Dec. 

7. 1900, Sister Anna McMillen, wife of Jacob 
McMillen, and daughter of Bro. Daniel Neher, 
of Leeton.Mo., aged 44 years, n months and 
17 days. Services by Bro. M. Blancher, from 
!sa. 64:6. s. M. Neher. 

REEDY.— In the bounds of the Linville 
Creek church, near Cherry Grove, Va., Dec. 
22, 1900, of cancer in his face, Bro. Philip 
Reedy, aged 78 years, 10 months and 3 
days. He leaves an afflicted wife, a sister. 
Services at Cherry Grove church by the writer, 
from Psa. 17: 15. J, a. Garber. 

SUMMY.— In the Jacobs Creek congrega- 
tion, Westmoreland Co., Pa., Dec. 25, 1900, 
Sister Rachel Sammy, nee Fulkerth, aged 63 
years, 8 months and 5 days. She was married 
to Eld. Abram Summy, who, with three sons 
and three daughters survives. She was a lady 
of high Christian character. Services from 1 
Thess. 4: 13. by the undersigned, assisted by 
Mr. Elliot of the "Church of God." Inter- 
ment in the Mt. Joy graveyard. 

A. D.Christner. 

SKILES— In Clinton County, Ind., Dec. 28, 
igoo, Albert, son of John and Susan Skiles, 
aged 12 years, 8 months and 3 days. Services 
by Bro. Miller (" Old Order "), from Eccl. 12 : 
'• John E. Metzger. 

SPITZER.— In the Pleasant Valley congre- 
gation, Augusta County, Va., Dec. 13 1900, of 
paralysis, Sister Magdalena Spitzer, aged 73 
years and 10 months. She arose in her usual 
health. She was found shortly after near the 
kitchen door, unable to walk or speak. She 
only lived nine hours after she was picked up. 
Her husband and two sons preceded her 
some years. She, leaves four sons and six 
daughters. She united with the church while 
young, and lived a consistent member until 
death. Services by elders Daniel Miller and 
Peter Garber, from 1 Thess. 4: 18. 

Samuel A. Driver. 

SENGER. — At the hospital in Pittsburg, 
Pa., June 18, 1900, Lydia Rebecca Senger {nee 
Showalter), daughter of Brother John A. and 
Sister Susannah Showalter, of Cherry Grove, 
Va,, aged 40 years and 28 days. Services at 
Mt. Zion church, Va., by the writer, assisted 
by Eld. I, C. Myers. Text, John 14: 1-6. 

J. A. Garber. 

SANGER.— In the Beaver Creek church, 
Rockingham Co,, Va., Oct. 19, 1900, of typhoid 
fever, Bro. John S. Sanger, aged 36 years and 
24 days. Bro. Sanger was married to Sister 
Mary A. Click, May 31, 1900. He leaves a 
wife, an aged father, stepmother, four sisters 
and an only brother. Bro. Sanger was a man 
of noble disposition, quiet in his manner, and 
one wielding a good influence. Burial and 
services at the Bridgewater church, in the 
Cook's Creek congregation, Rockingham Co. 
Va., Oct. 20. Services by Bro. W. B. Yount 
assisted by Bro. H. G. Miller. Text, John 13 

8. J. S. Click. 
WALTER. — Near New Enterprise, Pa., 

Nov. 23, 1900, of typhoid pneumonia, Sister 
Amanda, wife of Frederick Walter, and daugh- 
ter of Bro. Jos. Reacy, aged 32 years, 8 months 
and 11 days. She leaves a number of small 
children. Services by D. Detweiler, from Job 
14: 14. Interment in New Enterprise cen 
tery, E. A. Replogle 

WAMPLER.— Near Trotwood, Ohio, at the 
home of her siBter, Mrs. Harriet Sanger, Dec. 
25, 1900, Sister Lydia Wampler, aged 66 years, 
8 months and 7 days. She was born in Ohio, 
April 18, 1834, and moved to Missouri about 
forty-two years ago. Her home was in the 
Walnut Creek church, near Knobnoster, Mo. 
She had been visiting in Ohio for several 
months, and was ready to return home to 
spend Christmas, when broncho-pneumonia 
and heart failure seized her and caused her 
death, She was a widow for twenty-four years. 
Eight children, four sons and four daughters, 
survive her. Her life was an exemplary one. 
Services at the Walnut Creek church by Eld. 
D. M. Mohler, of Warrensburg, assisted by 
Bro. Levi Mohler. Cora L. Wampler. 

YOUNG— At the home of his son, Bro. J. 
Harry Young, near Westminster, Md., Dec, 
15, 1900, Bro. John Young, aged nearly 85 
years. Bro. Young was a retired farmer of 

sullied character. He is survived by two 
daughters and three sons, all estimable mera- 
of the Brethren church. Service, at the 
Meadow Branch church by elders Uriah Bix- 
ler, C. D. Bonsack and the writer. Interment 
in the church cemetery. W. E. Roop, 



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Jan. 19, 19OL 



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minds that our little Dock of thin place baa 
been aroused and made awake to a greater 
sense of spiritual life. Meetings closed with 
growing interest, but closed too soon.— A', B. 
Christntr,Jan.Q. 

Watauga.— Bro. S. J. Bowman, of the Knob 
Creek congregation, began a series of meetings 
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Antioch.— Isaac Bowman, Jan. 6, 

Beaver Creek On the night of Dec. 8 

Bro. D. B. Garber, of Indiana, began a series 
of meetings at the Dry River church in an 
isolated part of our District. He continued 
until the night of Dec. 22. Bro. Garber's la- 
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diate result two applied for membership. 
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nd one of our Sunday-school boys eleven 
years of age. 

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which was indeed a time of joy and blessing 
to all associated with the mission. 

—The funds for the work came in very en- 
couragingly, and our hearts went up in thank- 
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the hearts of his children to send of their 
means for the work here. Onesister remarked 
that a twofold blessing would be realized 
from the offering of her class, for they were 
blessed in giving and children here would 
doubtless be blessed in receiving. 

—We can clearly seeafourfold blessing with 
every offering that comeB. First to the giver; 
second to the receiver, and third and fourth to 
the workers as channels through which these 
blessings pass. First in the relief that comes 
in having sufficient means to meet the daily 
needs, and again the assurance that accom- 
panies an offering of the interest and prayers 
for the work; this Is always a meana of strength 
and help, and the lack of which is keenly felt. 

—A very liberal offering came from a Sun- 
day-school class as the result of a very small 
sum given them by their teacher, Through 
their earnest efforts and God's blessing the re- 
turns were large indeed, 

—The result of their efforts has brought joy 
and comfort to many hearts. 

—We are truly thankful to the Sisters' Aid 
Societies for the clothing and bedding re- 
ceived. It ia being put into the homes each 
week as needed. Children's shoes and warm 
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PeterB Creek. — The Brethren at Peters 
Creek were very highly entertained during 
the Christmas week by Bro. J. Z. Gilbert, of 
Daleville, Va. We had an excellent Bible 
term. Indeed it was a great positive force 
against so much negative influence of Christ- 
mas times. Bro. Gilbert is an earnest, ener- 
getic and consecrated worker for the Master. 
At ;: 30 P. M. p Dec. 22, we were together in one 
place and edified by Bro. C. D. Hylton. At 
7: 30 P, M., Dec. 25, Bro. D. N. Eller gave us a 
rousing missionary sermon.— C. A. Williams, 
Medley, Va., Jan. 1. 

Staunton.— The sisteis of this mission or- 
ganized a Helping Hand Society March 28, 
1900. Average attendance is four and five. 
Including a little work previous to this time, 
we have made and sold the tops of five quilts 
and four comforts. We are now at work on 
another. If any sistera feel interested, and 
wish to aid the work here, calico or won 
pieces would be gratefully received, Add^ 
Mrfl. Frank Diehl, treasurer.- -Priscilla Shu- 
make, Sec, Jan. 3, 

WASHINGTON. 
Stlverson. — Jan. 5 we had a good quarterly 
council meeting. Bro. J. B. Simmons presided 
All business was diaposed of in love. On Sun< 
day, Jan. 6, we had a good sermon delivered 
by Bro. Simmons in a vacated house in Camas 
Prairie. The house was filled,— a good con- 
gregation for this part of the great northwest. 
We have preaching every Sunday.— Ann C. 
Castle, Fulda, Wash., Jan, 7. 

WEST VIRQINIA. 
Eglon. — Dec. 22 Eld. D. B, Arnold and 
daughter, from Mineral County, West Vir- 
ginia, came to this place on a visit, and Bro. 
Arnold preached for us each night and twice 
on Sunday and twice on Christmas, till Dec. 
30, when the meeting closed. He preached 
one sermon at Brookside and one at Glade 
View churches. There were no additi 
there was good seed sown. — Rachel Weimer 
Judy, Jan. 6. 



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Feet-washing 

Song Service In the Church 

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The Old House at Home 

Our Saturday Night 

POETRY,— 

Spikenard, By Adallne Holif Beery 

In the Hour of Trial 

ESSAYS,- 

Wars— Ancient and Modern. ByA.W. Reese 

Fraternity Church. By C. D. Hylton 

A Letter, By S. A. Long 

Nippur Again, 

From India. By D. L. Forney 

The Messenger In Departments. By H. C. Early, .... 

Closing and Opening. By J. H. Miller 

Non attendance. By J. B. Harshbarger 

God's Leading. By W. M. Howe, 

PREACHERS' DEPARTMENT — 

Pulpit Magic. By Edward Frantz, 

THE SUNDAY SCHOOL- 

Lesson Light-Flashes 

OUR PRAYER MEETING,— 

Diligent Work, 

Gathered Crumbs. ByJ.S. Flory 

HOME AND FAMILY,— 

What a Child Can Do 

GENERAL MISSIONARY AND TRACT DEPARTMENT, 

Preparation lor Missionary Work— How? 

Southeast Missouri Mission Work lor 1900. By Ira P, Eby. 

What Would Jesus Say? By C. K. Burkholder 



EDITORIAL MISCELLANY. 

In the way of population the outlook for France 
is anything but encouraging. The latest published 
statistics show that in 1899 there were 10,000 less 
births than in 1898 and that the excess of births 
over deaths falls far short of what is required to 
maintain the present population. For some years 
past the population has been stationary, but of late 
the birth rate has decreased so rapidly that the pol 
ticians as well as social economists are beginning to 
be alarmed. It is not a pleasing prospect that in 
seven years more Germany will have twice the pop- 
ulation of France, if the present decrease of the 
birth rate continues in the same ratio. In this se- 
rious condition of affairs all sorts of remedies have 
been suggested both by the theorists and the mem- 
bers of the Assembly. Promises of increased pay 
to officials in proportion to the increase of family, 
taxation of the unmarried and of the married who 
do not have children in five years are among the 
measures suggested to improve the vital statistics. 
There is in France a popular drink, called absinthe, 
that saps the very life and strength of its victims. 
Two million gallons are consumed annually, and 
this is thought to be one reason for the falling off 
in the birth rate. But the real trouble is deeper 
down. The whole fabric of French society is on 
the wrong basis. Sin is at the door. Immorality is 
encouraged among all classes. Too many people 
live for pleasure and lust and take no delight in 
children; or in the family circle. 



How far have Christian principles entered modern 
Jewish life? Actual statistics of Protestant, Roman 
Catholic and Greek churches, mission societies and 
German official lists of converts show that taking 
all these sources together, and putting only a con- 
servative estimate on their data, gospel work among 
the Israelites has been relatively more successful 
than among any other people of the world. Since 
the beginning of the nineteenth century the Jews 
received into the Protestant church number 72,740; 
received into the Roman Catholic church, 57,300; 
received into the Greek Catholic church, 74,5°°; 
total, 204,540. In the case of marriages between 



Jews and Christians, the gains in conversion of par- 
ents and children are in nearly all cases in favor of 
Christianity, and the accessions from this source 
have been during the past hundred years nearly 20,- 
000, making in round numbers nearly 225,000 addi- 
tions to the churches from the Jews during the 
present century. These baptisms are, as far as the 
leading countries are concerned, distributed as fol- 
lows: Russia, 84,500; Austria-Hungary, 44,760; Great 
Britain, 23,500; Germany, 22,500. A regular pro- 
portion has not been maintained, but the additions 
per year number as follows: Protestant church, 
1,450; Roman Catholic church, 1,250; Greek Cath- 
olic church, 1,100; mixed marriages, 1,450; total, 
5,250. So says Prof. Strach. 



The late kidnapping incident at Omaha has re- 
vived the Charley Ross case, so well known to most 
of our readers. The Judge of the Supreme Court of 
New York seems to have solved the mystery. After 
stating how Charley Ross was taken from Philadel- 
phia, and carried to New York by his abductors, 
who failed to cover up their tracks very securely, 
he says that the cruel act was planned and executed 
by New York river thieves, Mosher and his compan- 
ions. The boy was kept secreted in the city for a 
time, but the fear of detection prompted the thieves 
to put him out of the way. He was taken out into 
the bay, irons were fastened to him to prevent th 
body from coming to the surface, and he was thrown 
overboard. Some years later this Mosher was fa- 
tally shot while attempting to rob a bank. While 
dying he made an effort to tell the story of the ab- 
duction, but passed away before the half had been 
told. The boy was kidnapped and held for a ran- 
som. This by the advice of the detectives was not 
given, for they hoped to detect the abductors. Mr. 
Ross, however, though a rich man, spent his entire 
fortune searching for his lost child. Well may it be 
said that "the love of money is a root of all kinds 
of evil." The love of money led to the abduction 
of Charley Ross as well as the Cudahy boy at Oma- 
ha. It is an ill wind, however, that blows no good, 
and the last instance will doubtless lead to most 
stringent State laws against the kidnapping of per 
sons for ransom. Some States will likely make th< 
penalty death. Surely the way of the transgressor 
is hard. 

As we close this page on Tuesday evening Queen 
Victoria is reported to be still alive, but all hopes of 
her recovery are abandoned. She may breathe her 
last before we get the forms on the press. The 
Queen has not been in good health for some time, 
but nothing serious was thought of until a few days 
ago when she took suddenly ill, and has since been 
sinking very fast. Victoria was born in 1819 and 
was eighty-one years old last May. She began her 
reign in 1837, at the age of eighteen, was crowned 
one year later, and married in 1840. She is the 
mother of nine children, four sons and five daugh- 
ters. She has been denominated as the grandmoth- 
er general of most of the ruling dynasties of Eu- 
rope, being even the grandmother of the Czarina of 
Russia. The present Emperor of Germany is her 
distinguished grandson, and is now with her in the 
royal palace on the Isle of Wight. Her oldest son, 
Prince of Wales, heir to the throne, married the 
daughter of the king of Denmark. Several of the 
dukes of Germany have married her daughters and 
granddaughters. The king of Greece is also related 
to the Victoria family, so that the death of the 
Queen will bring special sorrow to most of the royal 
palaces of Europe. On her death her son, the 
Prince of Wales, will become king. He is thought 



to be well qualified for the task, having been espe- 
cially trained for the position. Queen Victoria's 
reign has been remarkable for time and achieve- 
ments. She has been on the throne over sixty 
years, and her empire has grown to the most pow- 
erful ever known in the history of the world. In a 
general way her reign has improved the condition 
of the world. The wars in which she has been en- 
gaged have been the darkest spots connected with 
her accomplishments. As a rule, however, they 
have been turned to the final advantage of the coun- 
tries conquered, but this does not make them right 
in the sight of the Prince of Peace. The Queen was, 
nevertheless, a lover of peace, and always deplored 
war. She was a most devoted mother, and almost 
idolized by her own subjects. History contains the 
names of but few sovereigns more beloved. In fact 
nearly the entire world will receive the news of her 
death with sadness. She will go down in history as 
the wisest, the best and most beloved Queen with 
which England has ever been blessed. 



LooKiNG'at it from a New Testament standpoint, 
and that is the way to look at things, the war in the 
Philippines from the very start was a very unchris- 
tian affair. The people on these islands had never 
done the United States one particle of harm so far 
as is generally known. We were as good friends as 
it was possible for the civilized and uncivilized to 
be. We cannot help thinking that if our govern- 
ment had gone at the thing upon peace principles 
the results might have been different. But such was 
not the case, and as a consequence thousands of 
lives have been sacrificed. But this is war. It may 
not be war in its worst form, but it is war neverthe- 
less, and even in its mildest form war is bad enough . 
The struggle, however, seems to be nearing a close, 
and in time all of the islands will be under the com- 
plete control of the United States, and we can then 
probably look for some commendable develop- 
ments. It is to be deplored that the war occurred, 
but since it has happened we should now hope and 
work for the bettering of conditions. We notice 
that the government is disposed to deal kindly with 
the people, and grant them all necessary territorial 
liberties. All property, including land and build- 
ings, used exclusively for charitable, religious or ed- 
ucational purposes, is to be exempted from taxation. 
Education and the usual industries are to be en- 
couraged. Religious liberty will doubtless be guar- 
anteed much the same as in this country, and in the 
near future we may look for an order of civilization 
and culture that will be a credit to the country. 
The next thing is to follow up these advantages, or 
rather openings, with the Christian religion as the 
Master intended. Here is a chance for the Breth- 
ren. We ought to have a mission opened among 
the Filipinos, begin to train native workers, and in 
this way give the people the whole Gospel. Mis- 
sionaries will soon be rushing into that part of the 
world, and we should not be too far behind in our 
efforts. 

The significant vote of the United States Senate 
against the army canteen has seriously disconcerted 
the liquor men of this country. They see their idol 
in danger. The House favored abolishing the can- 
teen and when that matter came to the Senate there 
were thirty-four votes in favor of the bill and only 
fifteen against it. Public sentiment had practically 
compelled both branches of the law-making power 
to move against the canteen. This is a hopeful 
outlook. It shows that public sentiment is improv- 
ing, and that our law-makers can be rightly influ- 
enced when the masses speak out firmly. 



THE GOSPEL MESSIEITGKEIR,. 



Jan. 26, i Q0Ii 



-• ESSAYS m-t-t— 



HY ADAL1NE HOHF liEKHV. 

Bring it from the oaken chest 

Where it's long been hiding; 
For I have a princely Guest 

This glad day abiding; 
On his dear, unselfish bead, 

From the world's woe aching, 
Let me pour some joy instead 

From the box I'm breaking. 
Never mind its money cost — 

Tis not worth the naming; 
Those clear eyes my wild life crossed, 

Me 10 virtue shaming; 
In my strait he brought me good, 

Soothed all disappointment; 
And my fervent gratitude 

Brings him this anointment. 
Not in solitary heap 

Let me gather treasure, 
But of kindness, pnre and deep, 

Unto all men measure; 
Truest worship is not creeds, 



Wasting life, If s 
For the wide v. 
Huntingdon, Pa. 



rld's saving. 



WARS-ANCIENT AND MODERN. 

BY A. W. RKESE. 

In Two Parts — Part One. 

"They that take the sword shall perish by the sword." 
We live in an age of great events. The hand on 
the dial plate of time denotes the most progressive 
age in all the annals of the race. The thoughtful 
student of ancient history cannot fail to observe 
the significant fact that this progress has been made 
in the interests of humanity. The trend of thought 
— the effort of the leaders of men — has been for 
the uplifting of their fellows. It is, in fact, an 
optimistic age. 

When we get away back towards the dawn of 
time, upon the very verge of creation, as it were, 
and follow with curious eye, the achievements of 
the race, we are impressed with the sad fact that 
the chief occupation of mankind seemed to be that 
of mutual slaughter. War, in that remote time, 
seemed to be " the chief end of man." It is, also, a 
curious fact that the names of those who have sur- 
vived oblivion are the butchers of the race, and not 
its benefactors. We see that the bump of destruc- 
tiveness was abnormally developed in the human 
cranium. 

This was displayed not only in the slaughter of 
foes, in the ruin and pillage of cities and towns and 
in the devastation of fruitful fields, but in the wan- 
ton and senseless destruction of beautiful and price- 
less works of art, the creations of matchless genius, 
and the result of years of patient toil. A reckless 
spirit of diabolical vandalism pervaded the mind, 
whose atrocious work was subject to no restraint, 
and admitted of no excuse. What else could have 
inspired the wanton destruction of the magnificent 
temple of Diana at Ephesus, erected at a cost of 
millions of treasure and doubtless the grandest edi- 
fice ever erected by human hands? A reckless 
Roman soldier during the siege of Jerusalem, by 
the Roman emperor, Titus, thrust a torch into the 
sacred temple, and this architectural and most ex- 
quisite gem of all the ages (whose Designer was 
Jehovah himself) was reduced to a heap of ashes, 
Ruin and desolation followed in the wake of con- 
quering armies. Monuments of rare and surpassing 
beauty; temples of matchless splendor; imposing 
and costly public structures; magnificent cathedrals 
and churches, vast libraries, embodying the wisdom 
of past generations of men, have, time and again, 
been ruthlessly destroyed in the remorseless march 
of invading armies. What one nation had accu- 
mulated by patient toil, or by conquest of arms, was 
swept away by another. 



Not only were the wars of ancient times charac- 
terized by this dreadful ruin and by the destructton 
of material interests, but they were also marked 
by acts of atrocious and unparalleled cruelty. Woe 
to the vanquished in the battle! Generally they 
were slain without mercy. No distinction as to age 
or sexl No quarter was given, or if the lives of 
these hapless wretches were spared they were 
carried away into a captivity worse than death. 
None escaped. Captive kings and queens were 
subjected to humiliations and disgrace that, to a 
proud spirit and exalted station, are as bitter as 
death itself. These were often chained to the 
chariots of conquerors, returning from victorious 
wars, and made to swell the triumph of the hero. 
Not only this; but often the bodies of these unfor- 
tunate prisoners were subjected to cruel tortures 
and inhuman mutilations. Their eyes were burned 
out with red-hot irons; their ears and noses were 
cut off; their tongues slit with knives, and other 
nameless barbarities inflicted upon their bodies. 
Upon the taking of a beleaguered city the brutal 
soldiery gave themselves up to the most revolting 
license. Murder, lust, pillage, rapine reigned su- 
preme. It was a scene of indescribable horror and 
shame. 

These excesses were not confined to pagan na- 
tions, but were indulged without restraint even by 
those who were called the chosen people of God 
— the sons of Abraham. See the slaughter of the 
Midianite prisoners of war, men and women, by 
command of Moses. Numbers 21. Read the story 
of the conquest of the land of Canaan under Joshua 
and the wholesale murder and final extermination 
of those people who were the rightful owners of the 
soil. When the siege of Jericho was ended and the 
hapless city fell into the hands of the Israelites it is 
declared that the entire garrison were massacred — 
men and women, young and old — and ox, sheep 
and ass were utterly destroyed with the sword. 
Joshua 6: 21. There was also an utter destruction 
made at Ai. Not a soul escaped the avenging 
sword of Israel. Neither age nor sex was spared. 
Joshua 8, throughout. The same fate befell 
Gibeon, Makkedah, Libnah, Lachish, Gezer, Eglon, 
Hebron, Debir, Hazor. They were burned and 
their inhabitants murdered. Their lands were 
given to the conquering Israelites. 

Coming down the stream of time we see that war 
lost but little of its horrors, nor " smoothed its 
wrinkled front." We come, for instance, to the 
wars and conspiracies of the Israelites among 
themselves, after they had grown to be a great and 
powerful nation. Enormous armies were recruited, 
far exceeding in numbers any military forces of 
modern times. Take the war between Abijah, king 
of Judah, and Jeroboam. Abijah's army numbered 
four hundred thousand men, while Jeroboam's was 
double that size— eight hundred thousand. In the 
final struggle Jeroboam was defeated with a loss of 
five hundred thousand killed— more than half his 
army. Vide 2 Chron. 13: 17. Asa, son of Abijah, 
commanded an army of five hundred and eighty 
thousand men— over half a million soldiers. Zerah, 
the Ethiopian, opposed him with an army of one 
million, besides three hundred chariots. Zerah was 
defeated; loss not stated. 2 Chron. 14. In one 
of the battles between the Philistines and the Is- 
raelites thirty thousand of the latter were slain. 1 
Samuel 4: 10. Saul commanded an army of three 
hundred and thirty thousand men — nearly twice as 
many troops as General Grant led in the final cam- 
paign against Richmond. 

King David's army numbered three hundred and 
thirty-nine thousand and six hundred men. Vide 
1 Chron. 12: 24. In the war against the Amorites 
they were defeated, with a loss of seven thousand 
charioteers and forty thousand footmen. 1 Chron. 
19: 18. Ben-hadad, king of Syria, was defeated in 
battle with the Israelites, with the loss of one hun- 
dred thousand men, slain in one day. 1 Kings 20: 
29. This was a greater sacrifice of human life than 
was sustained by both armies in our late Civil War 
at Chickamauga, Gettysburg, and the sanguinary 
battles of the wilderness, with the aid of artillery, 
small arms and all the destructive appliances of 



modern warfare. The defeat of Jeroboam was ac. 
companied, on his part, by the frightful sacrifice of 
five hundred thousand lives. Vide 2 Chron. 13: t . 
This horrible butchery exceeded the sum total of 
the men killed in battle, on both sides, during the 
entire four years of our late civil strife. 

The succeeding wars of Asa, son of Abijah, show 
a force in the field of five hundred and eighty thou- 
sand men. Zerah, the Ethiopian, his enemy, mar- 
shaled in battle array the astonishing number of 
one million fighting men, and yet suffered defeat; 
loss not stated. 2 Chron. 14. In a battle be- 
tween the Philistines and Israelites, the latter were 
routed with a loss of thirty thousand footmen, slain 
in battle. 1 Samuel 4; 10. Amaziah gave battle 
to the Amorites and inflicted on them a loss of ten 
thousand killed in battle, and made captive. Dur- 
ing the conspiracy of Absolom a great battle was 
fought in the wood of Ephraim, wherein the insur- 
gent troops were defeated by King David's forces, 
under Joab, and Absalom was slain, together with 
twenty thousand of his men. All these wars were 
characterized by acts of incredible cruelty. We 
need not enter upon details, but refer the reader to 
the capture of the Amorite city, Rahab, by Joab's 
army. 2 Samuel 12: 31. See the horrors portrayed 
in 2 Kings* 15: 16. Note the wicked acts of Manas- 
sah (2 Kings 12: 16), the siege of Jerusalem by 
Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon (2 Kings 25: 

■7). 

his. Term. ■ 



FRATERNITY CHURCH. 



BY C. D. HYLTON. 



The above congregation is in Forsyth County, 
North Carolina, and is the most southern congre- 
gation belonging to the First District of Virginia. 

It has a very early connection with the history of 
the church in America. The first minister that we 
have any account of living here was Isaac Faw, who 
was a son of Jacob Faw (or Pfau), of Pennsylvania, 
who came from Germany or Holland. We are 
not able to state Jacob Faw's standing in the 
church. Isaac Faw was married to Magdalene 
Burkhead (perhaps in North Carolina) in 1791. 
I have no record as to where he was elected to 
the ministry, but as to his being a minister 
there is a living witness. He and wife both died in 
1835 and were buried on a little knoll overlooking 
the meadows and canebrakes of Muddy Creek, 
Unlettered stones mark their resting places. To 
their union were born several children, the young- 
est being the late Eld. Jacob Faw, who was born in 
North Carolina, in 1810. At the death of his father 
the little band of members in the far-away South 
was left without a minister, and Jacob was left out- 
side of the church. 

Jacob, realizing the situation, seeing that his fa- 
ther's mantle had fallen and there was none to take 
it up, that the church must suffer and he be lost, 
decided that his father's God should be his God, 
He mounted his horse and rode over the hills and 
vales more than one hundred miles to the church in 
Franklin County Virginia, where he made his wants 
known and was led (perhaps by the sainted John 
Bowman) into the historic Blackwater, and there 
" put on Christ." He was immediately authorized 
by the church to preach, which position he held 
and filled with credit and honor until two weeks be- 
fore his death, Jan. 4, 1887. 

Eld. Jacob Faw was a man of sterling character. 
Many little incidents of his life are told by those 
who knew him. In selling produce those who 
knew him never weighed or measured after him. 
A couple in Salisbury, N. C, belonging to fashion- 
able society, desired to be married by a minister 
who was preaching without a salary. Bro. Faw 
was sent for. In his simple garb he went and per- 
formed the ceremony creditably to himself and his 
church. Two thieves went to his meat-house one 
night. One was on the inside cutting down the 
pieces and handing to the other who was on the 
outside. Bro. Faw went to assist the outside man, 
but he fled, leaving Bro. Faw to take the meat 



Jan. 26, igoi. 



THE GOSPEL IMIIESSEIIsrQ-iEIR,. 



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alone, Finally the inside man said, "Shall we 
take it all?" Bro. Faw replied, " No, leave the old 
man one piece." After a firm promise from the in- 
side man that he would never be guilty of such 
conduct again Bro. Faw gave him a piece of meat 
for himself and one for the other fellow, promising 
them if they would reform he would never tell their 
names, which promise he kept. 

Bro. Faw was aggressive in his work, considering 
his environments. On March 15, 1868, he was elect- 
ed superintendent of the Brethren's Sunday school 
in his congregation. He insisted that the church 
must enter the mission field if we expect to carry 
on our part of the Lord's work. 

About three years prior to his death, when some 
solicitous ministers who had gone out from us paid 
him a special call and insisted that the church was 
being "sifted," he said, "Yes. We sometimes sift 
wheat, and the faulty grains fall out at the bottom, 
and the chaff and white caps rise to the top and we 
just lift them off." Then he made the comparison 
to the church, stating that the good grains were like 
good members; they would remain in the sieve and 
so would the good members stay in the church. 
One year before his death he admonished the 
church to pay no attention to divisions, but stand 
steadfast in the church. 

Two weeks before his death he was again visited 
by two messengers who knew(?) so many ugly 
things about our church work, literature, etc, and 
after spending two days with him he yielded to their 
desires, left the church and identified himself with 
the Old Order church. He preached once in his 
new church relation; then he fell asleep. 

Eld. Amos Faw, son of Jacob, preceded his fa- 
ther to the spirit land about four years. The man- 
tle has now fallen on two grandsons of Eld. Jacob 
Faw, elders Rufus Faw and J. F. Robertson, the 
former is a son of Eld. Amos Faw, This shows 
the ministry for four generations to be in the Faw 
family. 

Daleville, Va. 

A LETTER. 



A blank envelope is not beautiful. Addressed, 
stamped, and sealed, it assumes an attractiveness 
one can hardly fail to notice. It appears all but 
animate, fully obedient, true, faithful, ready to 
serve, Once started on its journey it travels swift- 
ly and accurately the length of a continent or 
breadth of a sea. 

The commercial secret, the business proposition, 
the friendly inquiry, the tenderest sentiment and 
the sweetest song of love are alike sacred and se- 
cure in its sealed embrace. The letter, written to- 
night and read to-morrow five hundred or one thou- 
sand miles away, is one of the most marvelous of 
the children of civilization. 

To the private individual a letter is like a rap at 
the door — ever expected, yet always received with 
surprise, and when received what a mysterious at- 
mosphere it brings with it! The handwriting or 
the postmark which it bears may indicate some- 
thing as to the contents; yet hope, fear, joy, sorrow, 
security and anxiety mingle in varying proportions 
around the unbroken seal. It may bring good 
news or bad. It may bear the germs of pleasure or 
of sorrow. It may contain something, almost any- 
thing, or nothing. The heart flutters at the clip of 
the paper knife and the anxious eye steals a first, 
hurried glance. 

Some letters are read by but a single individual, 
others by several and a few are scanned by thou- 
sands. Has the reader ever seen a letter that had 
been read by a million anxious people? No? 
Then take your Bible, open to the New Testament, 
turn past the Four Gospels and The Acts. Here 
are more than a score of Epistles (letters) which 
the world has been reading and rereading for many 
years. 

In fact it would not be out of place to consider 
the whole New Testament a beautiful letter of con- 
summate love. It is the last formal missive to a 



bride in which the Bridegroom says, " Behold, I 
come quickly. Be ready to-day." Though pre- 
sented as an open book the Word is sealed to 
many by the envelope of unbelief, Have you 
broken that seal? Have you read the message? 
Have you pondered over the sentences of patience, 
kindness, humility, courtesy, unselfishness, good 
temper and sincerity woven into paragraphs of hope 
and chapters of love? Do you believe that the 
Bridegroom is sincere? 
Dayton, Ohio, 

NIPPUR AGAIN. 

In some way it got into the papers that Dr. Hil- 
precht had discovered a library nine thousand years 
old. In a recent communication to the Sunday 
School Times the doctor proceeds to correct the mis- 
take, and then gives some additional information. 
It will be remembered that the doctor has made 
repeated visits to the Euphrates valley for the pur- 
pose of directing excavations. He says: 

From my article, appearing in the Sunday School 
Times of December 1, I hope it becomes clear that 
Nippur is the ancient Babylonian name of the 
city the ruins of which the Expedition of the Uni- 
versity of Pennsylvania has been exploring for 
eleven years. The Arabs who live around the ruins 
of Nippur to-day call the large mound Nuffar. 

These ruins of Nu£far-Niffa(e)r represent what is 
left of the city of Nippur, which played one of the 
leading roles in the political and religious life of the 
earliest inhabitants of Babylonia, — that is, from the 
dawn of civilization in Babylonia down to about 2200 
B. C, when the invading Elamites, to whom King 
Chedorlaomer of Genesis 14 belonged, played terri- 
ble havoc with Babylonian temples, at the same time 
destroying the influence and power of Nippur for 
many hundred years. In fact, the old city of Nip- 
pur never obtained its former leading position in 
Babylonia again. The city of Babylon took its 
place. Babylon became the metropolis of all 
Babylonia after about 2200 B. C, and continued to 
retain its position, with more or less change in the 
sphere of its influence under the last kings of 
Assyria, until 539 B. C, when it was conquered by 
Gobryas, the general of Cyrus. 

Nippur and Babylon were therefore Babylonian 
cities, situated about two days' journey from each 
other, to the south of Baghdad. Nineveh, however, 
was the capital of ancient Assyria, situated far to 
the north of Baghdad. Ancient Nippur and an- 
cient Nineveh (explored by Sir Henry Layard) are 
distant from each other about three hundred 
miles. 

The rooms of the temple library of Nippur, dis- 
covered by our expedition, were destroyed by the 
invading Elamites, and ceased therefore to exist 
about four thousand years ago. This library con- 
tains tablets from the fifth pre-Christian millen- 
nium down to the end of the third millennium, 
With reasonable certainty we can say that the low- 
est strata of Nippur, twenty to thirty feet below the 
surrounding desert, go as far back as the sixth and 
seventh millennium B. C. Possibly they are even 
older. So far, at Nippur, we have excavated no 
written document which is older than the fifth mil- 
lennium. But some day there must be found older 
cuneiform tablets there, which represent the earli- 
est picture writing from which the linear writing of 
the fifth millennium is a later development. With 
all our work and devotion to a great cause we have 
been able to examine only a very, very small por- 
tion of ancient Nippur, and yet we have obtained 
nearly sixty thousand tablets as the result of all the 
campaigns. But there are many thousand tablets 
more hidden in Nippur. Some day we shall and 
must get earlier records than we have now. 



PROM INDIA. 

BY D. L. FORNEY. 



Perhaps some of the Messenger readers wonder 
what the missionaries do each day since our sur- 
roundings are so different from what they would be 



at home. Well, it would take a long letter to tell 
you all that happens in a day; neither could I tell 
what is going on at the other stations, only in a gen- 
eral way. The new missionaries are busy studying 
the language and sometimes battling with fever too. 
At all the stations we have orphan children to care 
for. Here and at Anklesvar we are erecting bunga- 
lows which require overseeing, so my work and Bro. 
McCann's are about the same. Bro. Stover has his 
hands quite full with two hundred children besides 
other work to see after. Mary, Anna and Elizabeth 
besides looking after the wants of the orphans have 
their own little ones to care for and the usual house- 
hold duties to attend to. All I believe are happy 
in their work. 

Here at Novsari, soon after rising in the morning, 
we look for the mail, which two of the boys bring 
from the office not far away. We often await the 
news with as much anxiety as on Saturday and Sun- 
day morning when we look for the "home mail," 
especially when we know some are sick. 

I do not know how it is in other missions, but 
among us here there has been formed an attach- 
ment and a love for each other that we did not 
know at home. Our interests, our labors and our 
desires are one, and not being so many of us we 
feel like we're one family. This morning one of 
our letters contained the following: " Poor Emmert 
is continuing very ill. Tendency to bronchitis and 
lung fever. Pray for him. Bro. Ebey is down too; 
boils on his legs, and fever. Alice is indisposed; 
Mary has a bad cold in head. Pray for the lot of 
us! Baptized two cloth sellers yesterday; gone off 
to Surah to-day. Next week, each night, I hope to 
have Gujerati meeting, baptism Sunday, twenty- 
third." Then, after some other items of news, the 
letter concludes: " But if baby doesn't soon turn for 
the better we cannot even enjoy New Year's with 
you as anticipated. Love to you in the Lord. 
Wilbur." 

I am sure we are praying for little Emmert and 
for the others as well, not failing to mention their 
names too in our prayers. And I know that those 
of you who read this will very quickly offer a prayer 
for those who are suffering. Of course they may 
have recovered long before this reaches you, but 
the Lord foreseeing what is in your hearts, can 
have your prayer already answered, for has he not 
said, "Before they call I will answer?" Yes, we 
were anticipating a pleasant time at New Year's. 
We expect to move into the new bungalow about 
that time, the Lord willing, and intended to have all 
the missionaries and as many of the native Chris- 
tians as possible in for a love feast and a time of 
spiritual refreshing. We hope yet it may be so, 
but we submit it to the Lord to do as he wills. 

This seems to be a feverish time for this part of 
the country. Doctor says there's hardly a house 
in Novsari but what has a case of fever. Last week 
and the first of this Catharine had fever for about 
five days and sometimes at night. But the fever 
is broken now. Then yesterday Ruth took fever 
quite suddenly and in a few hours it was one hun- 
dred and three degrees. But her mamma by bath- 
ing her and applying cold cloths freely to her 
head soon reduced it. I had gone to the bunga- 
low and wife had no one else to help her. Catha- 
rine was fretful and when I returned wife said: "If 
I ever wished for an ayah it was while you were 
gone." Both the children needed her care and I 
was not present to help. But an ayah we do 
not have. It costs to keep a good one and, besides, 
we do not feel that it is just the proper thing to 
give the children into an ayah's charge, and yet 
we do feel they could often be very helpful. No 
one can care for little ones as their own mother 
can, and yet many missionaries employ ayahs. 
Ruth's fever was likely caused by being too much 
in the sun. She enjoys so much to play out of 
doors, and when we do not watch closely she is in 
the sun too much. 

Christmas is coming. This too will be the first 
one for our children here to be spent as such. Al- 
ready they are anticipating it and we hope to make 
it pleasant for themr Just now the older ones who 



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are able to read are much interested in learning Bi- 
ble verses. For so many verses they receive a 
ticket, then a larger one and later a Bible. Some 
of our boys say they want to be Christians and have 
asked for baptism. They are good boys and are 
learning well in school. We have been giving them 
special instructions for several weeks, and after a 
little time we expect to baptize them. Another 
man, a cloth seller, was baptized since our last re- 
port. May the new year bring many blessings to 
all of you at home! 
Jalalpua, near Novsari, Dec. 13, /goo. 



THE MESSENGER IN DEPARTMENTS. 



The first is Iiditorial Miscellany which gives the 
gist of the important happenings in all parts of the 
world. Having a quick eye and good judgment 
this department sees and decides at once what will 
interest everybody. And matter that might fill 
columns is so condensed as to bring it within a 
minute's reading, and at the same time so simplified 
as to make it intensely interesting to the common 
reader. Politics, history, science, commerce, re- 
ligion, all these fields are gleaned, and in such a 
way that the Messenger readers may know a good 
deal of the outside world without a secular paper. 
And if some Christian readers take but little in- 
terest in some of the subjects touched in this de- 
partment they can't fail to be interested in the 
moral drawn, which is done in most cases. 

Next conies the Essay Department, which is in- 
tended for the fuller, the more exhaustive treat- 
ment of religious subjects of every name and grade. 
In this the strong are expected to talk. Here re- 
ligion is expected to be taught, to be opened up, to 
be expounded. It is needful, at least once in a 
while, that people see the inside of things. Let the 
best heart and brain of the Brotherhood be em- 
ployed in this department. Let the essays be 
chaste, clear, strong, giving no uncertain sound. 
The strength and dignity of a religious journal lies 
in the stateliness of its essays. The chattering 
paper catches not the man of sense. Let not the 
Messenger wane in the power and dignity of re- 
ligious discussion. 

One page has been set apart to the interest of the 
preacher, Sunday school and prayer meeting. 
Sermonic matter, with hints and suggestions to the 
minister, appears weekly. It is to be regretted that 
Bro. A. H. Puterbaugh's health would not allow him 
to continue on this page. His year's work as editor 
of preachers' column was efficient and appreciated. 
Is not the ministry of the Brethren church of suffi- 
cient interest to have some one whose duty it shall 
be to see that this column is filled weekly with suit- 
able matter? 

The Sunday-school lesson is touched up in Bro. 
Brumbaugh's usual easy, graceful manner. The 
story method and analysis method are combined. 
To be more analytic, giving the regular and natural 
divisions of the lesson, would make it more helpful, 
1 think. That's the way it strikes me. But Bro. 
Brumbaugh, I suppose, understands best. The 
prayer meeting outlines are excellent. They are 
spoken of with much favor everywhere. 

The Home and Family claim one page. The 
family is the oldest institution in the world. It is 
the foundation of all else. The rootlets of heaven 
and hell feed at the fireside. Every influence set in 
motion in the home must find expression some- 
where. The propriety therefore of setting apart one 
page of valuable space for the development of such 
interests must be apparent to all. Now, let those 
who have experienced the joys and sorrows of the 
home, those who know its keen and varied interests, 
speak to us freely in this page. 

The two middle pages, space claimed by the Edi- 
tors, are packed with notes and timely editorials. 
The notes give a quick view of the interesting hap- 
penings in all parts of the Brotherhood. The edi- 
torials reflect excellent spirit, learning, observation 
and Christian statesmanship. The Office Editor, 
writing after the argumentative manner and dealing 



largely in doctrine and polity, sometimes lacking a 
little in finish, but none the less strong, going 
straight after the point, gives the paper a decidedly 
uncompromising bearing, fitting well the doctrine it 
teaches; while the Eastern Editor, writing after a 
descriptive manner, always elegant and pleasing in 
style, dealing largely in the spirit of Christianity, 
well rounds out the needs of the editorial page. 
These men, so different in mould, and associated on 
the same page, each complements the other. Now 
and then this department is strengthened by an ar- 
ticle from Brother D. L. M., who may be styled the 
"Traveling Editor." His editorials are always in- 
teresting and profitable, showing a ready pen, close 
observation, breadth, knowledge of human nature. 

Of course we would not like to do without the 
Querists' Department, but we would like to do with- 
out some of the questions. " Our Saturday Night," 
a late and admirable addition to the Messenger, 
which we think ought to continue, completes this 
page. 

The General Missionary and Tract Department 
stands for the encouragement of our missionary ac- 
tivities. Our obligations to spread the Gospel, the 
qualifications of the missionary, the best methods of 
work, the different fields, the need of systematic 
giving, the ripening harvest, the need of consecra- 
tion and sacrifice, etc., etc., are touched up in a mas- 
terly way within the limits of this page. In history 
and in the build of her doctrine the Brethren church 
is missionary through and through. We ought 
therefore to lead all missionary work in proportion 
to number and money. 

The Correspondence Department offers space for 
items of interest from all parts of the Brotherhood 
in brief statement as the correspondents put things. 
And who would say it does not add much interest? 
And who would say this department is not skillfully 
managed? The classification of the correspondence 
according to States is appreciated. 

The gladsome message that somebody got mar- 
ried is put in narrow space. Just the names and 
fact of marriage, that's all. All the rest is under- 
stood. It would make a bigger book than the Mes- 
senger to tell it all. Nothing in this world does so 
much to make people happy or miserable, to help 
to heaven or to sweep to hell. Isn't it strange that 
young people care nothing for advice on this sub- 
ject, all free without a cent, from people who know? 

Just a glance and we've passed from the wedding 
march to the dirge, the roll of loved ones passed 
over. With all the skill of modern times people 
still die as of yore. Everlasting youth has been 
only a dream. Life and death are the two parts of 
the same thing. It is painful to give up friends, but 
when they go we want to know it, and we want 
others to know it. So let their names appear in 
print. With sad hearts we read on to see what good 
book or paper you have to lighten our burdens and 
smooth life's thorny pathway, and thus we finish 
one issue of the Gosi'EL Messenger, remembering 
that this is done over fifty-two times in a year. 

Certainly one must be hard to please in a reli- 
gious journal if the Messenger does not strike him. 
Look at it in its departments. Examine it. Read 
it and I am sure you will like it and want it. 

Montevideo, Va. 



CLOSING AND OPENINQ. 



BY J. H. MILLER. 

The Brethren in Goshen (west side) had their 
special meetings over New Year: (1) The old year 
and century closing up, or the history of the age. 
(2) The birth of the new year, also the birth' of the 
present century. (3) The possibilities of the pres- 
ent century. Those three were special services for 
the occasion. 

Such a meeting I never attended before. I never 
had the pleasure of seeing one century pass out and 
a new one come in. Millions have lived and died 
between 1800 and 1900 that were not permitted to 
see the closing and opening of either. The present 
century will be one of more than ordinary interest. 
A few prophecies are still running into fulfillment 



Perhaps the Savior of the world will visit this earth 
again ere this century closes. Jesus says: "And 
this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all 
the world for a witness unto all nations, and then 
shall the end come." Matt. 24: 14. Missionaries 
carrying the Gospel into heathen lands is one of the 
evidences of the near approach of the coming of 
Jesus in the clouds of heaven. Jesus gave the warn- 
ing: " Take heed that no man deceive you. False 
prophets and false Christs shall come and shall de- 
ceive many." The day and hour of the second 
coming of Christ are unknown to man. Jesus re- 
fers to Noah: As it was then so shall it be " when 
Jesus comes." 

Jesus gives the reason of his coming to earth 
again: " Because iniquity shall abound, the love of 
many shall wax cold." Matt. 24: 12. Are we not 
there now? See how some of the churches are 
growing cold. Some of the churches have gone into 
winter quarters, have closed the church door on 
public preaching and Sunday school. Surely the 
love of somebody is growing cold. It may not re- 
quire all of the present century to open unto us a 
new period. Bible chronology has not been so ac- 
curately kept. It may have been the design of the 
Lord God to keep this to himself. It may have 
been one of the secret things that belong to God 
(see Deut. 29: 29); but things that are revealed be- 
long to us and our children forever. It pleased God 
secretly to bury Moses, Deut. 34: 6, so that no 
one knows of his sepulcher. Moses was a type of 
Christ. So Christ will come and no one will know 
the time. (Mark 13: 33, 34). I imagine I see the 
fig tree budding. I hear of wars and rumors of 
wars, earthquakes and pestilence in divers places. 
"And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the 
moon, and in the stars, and upon the earth distress 
of nations with perplexity, the sea and the waves 
roaring." Luke 21: 25. 

In the great epochs of past ages there have been 
dark periods. There was a dark period when Noah 
and his family entered the ark, a dark day when the 
builders of the tower of Babel could not understand 
each other and were dispersed. There was a dark 
day when Lot and his family left Sodom, a dark day 
when Joseph was sold and went down to Egypt. 
That was a dark day for old father Jacob. There 
was a dark day when Israel was in bondage down in 
Egypt. There was a dark day to the mothers of 
Israel when the decree went forth that all the male 
children should be slain. There was a dark day 
when Moses was hid in the bulrushes. There was 
a dark day when the Israelites came to the Red Sea 
with Pharaoh pressing upon them. There was a 
dark day when Aaron consented to the people and 
bowed down and worshiped the golden calf. There 
are many dark periods in the history of the past. 
There was a dark day when Jesus was born. " The 
people which sat in darkness saw great light, and to 
them which sat in the region and shadow of death 
light is sprung up." Matt. 4: 16. It was a dark 
period when Jesus was nailed to the cross. " Now 
from the sixth hour there was darkness over all the 
land unto the ninth hour." Matt. 27: 45. There 
was a dark period when persecution commenced, 
and the Christians were burned at the stake and put 
to death in the most horrible manner. That was a 
dark day when the Bible was almost extinguished. 
That was a dark day when our forefathers were 
driven from Germany and were compelled to flee to 
America. 

There will be a dark day when Jesus makes his 
second advent to this earth, for as it was in the days 
of Noah and Lot (and that was a dark day), so will 
it be " when Jesus comes." " For there shall be great 
tribulation (a dark period) such as was not since 
the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever 
shall be." Matt. 24: 21. Those days must be 
shortened or no flesh shall be saved. Verse 22. 
The world may be very dark when Christ shall 
come. " Shall not God avenge his own elect, which 
cry day and night unto him, though he bear long 
with them? I tell you that he will avenge them 
speedily. Nevertheless when the Son of man 
cometh shall he find faith on the earth?" Luke 18: 
7. 8. Jesus speaks of a dark period: " Watch and 



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53 



pray," etc. Peter asks the question: "When is the 
promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell 
asleep all things continue as they were from the be- 
ginning of the creation." 2 Pet. 3: 4. They shall 
challenge his coming. Isa. 5: 19. "They hate him 
that rebuketh in the gate, and they abhor him that 
speaketh uprightly." Amos 5: 10. "Woe unto you 
that desire the day of the Lord! to what end is it for 
you? the day of the Lord is darkness, and not light. 
As if a man did flee from a lion, and a bear met him; 
or went into the house, and leaned his hand on the 
wall, and a serpent bit him. Shall not the day of 
the Lord be darkness, and not light! even very dark, 
and no brightness in it?" Amos 5: 18, 19, 20. Some 
of God's own people will despair of his coming. 
Christ's time to appear is when people are not look- 
ing for him; but man's extremity is God's oppor- 
tunity. " Therefore be ye also ready; for in such an 
hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh." 
Matt. 24: 44. " But and if that servant shall say in 
his heart, My Lord delayeth his coming, and shall 
begin to smite his fellow servants, and to eat and 
drink with the drunken, the Lord of that servant 
shall come in a day when he looketh not for him, 
and in an hour that he is not aware of." Matt. 24: 
48, 49. 5°- 

It seems to me folly for men to preach or write 
and give a time when he shall come. Whenever the 
way is open for the Jews to return to their own 
land, that time may be near at hand. " For your 
redemption draweth nigh." Luke 21; 28. Men of 
different ages have set a time for Christ's second 
coming, but all have failed and will, for no man 
shall know. 

Another prophecy shall come to pass — " the sea 
and waves roaring." Luke 21: 25. The sea and 
waves roared when that awful catastrophe took 
place in Galveston, Texas. " Men's hearts failing 
for fear, and for looking after those things which are 
coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall 
be shaken." Verse 26. I suppose that men's hearts 
failed within that city of thousands when it was 
inundated. After the heavens are shaken, " then 
shall they see the Son of man coming in the clouds 
with power and great glory." 

There is another important prophecy that will be 
fulfilled ere that day does come. "Jerusalem shall 
be trodden down of Gentiles until the times of the 
Gentiles be fulfilled." Luke 21: 44. The Gentiles 
have not fulfilled their mission yet. The Turks still 
have control over that fair land. God in his own 
wisdom will so arrange in due time that the Jews 
(or as many as wish to) can go back to their father- 
land, railroads are being built over that country, and 
large vessels sailing over the ocean, so that a journey 
to that home land of God's chosen race will be an easy 
work. I remember speaking to Bro. J. H. Moore of 
his travels in the Orient. He said a man needs two 
things: (1) plenty of money; (2) plenty of time. 
The Jews are a people who gather much money. 
They may need it. I see a prophecy in Isaiah 60: 
15, 16, that may apply to that eventful time: 
" Whereas thou hast been forsaken and hated, so 
that no man went through thee, I will make thee an 
eternal excellency, a joy of many generations. Thou 
shalt also suck the milk of the Gentiles, and shalt 
suck the breast of kings : and thou shalt know that 
I the Lord am thy Savior and thy Redeemer, the 
Mighty One of Jacob." The Jews are sucking the 
breasts of kings to-day. Where are the Rothschilds, 
and thousands of other rich Jews to-day? Our town 
of Goshen has a large Jewish trade; other cities will 
compare as well. Whenever these prophecies shall 
close up, then look up, for the time will soon draw 
near. 

Goshen, Ind. 



NONATTENDANCE. 



BY J. B. HARSHBARGER. 



We hear complaints from many points, in the be- 
ginning of this twentieth century, of the falling off 
in church attendance. And I think that we should 
earnestly seek out and, if possible, remove the 
cause; for we know that we ought not to "forsake 
the assembling of ourselves together." 



We recently visited one of our churches in the 
suburbs of the city and were surprised at the empti- 
ness of the house. A few years ago this large 
building could be filled to overflowing; and now the 
scattered worshipers number only a dozen or 
so. And that right in a community of Brethren! 
The evening was lovely, and it seemed to me that it 
would have been a pleasure to walk that little dis- 
tance to the house of God. I do not know what de- 
tained them within their homes on this evening, but 

1 have been told that this has become the rule, 
rather than the exception. If they lived for awhile 
in some of the isolated country districts where peo- 
ple must travel for miles through inclement weath- 
er, often, and over rough roads, in order to get to 
church, their eyes would probably be opened to a 
realization of their present blessings. 

But why is it? What is the underlying cause of 
poor attendance in our churches? Is it possible 
that cold formalism is creeping in and freezing out 
brotherly love and unity? If so, let us fearlessly 
face the problem. We ought never to lose sight of 
the fact that the church is Christ's and we but stew- 
ards in his church, and that unto God and not unto 
man must we render an account of our stewardship. 

In the fear of God, therefore, let us work together 
harmoniously for the removal of every unnecessary 
hindrance to the upbuilding of Christ's kingdom on 
earth; laboring not only to fill the houses, but that 
many precious souls may be led to a knowledge of 
the truth and be saved. And should our hearts 
ever become stony enough to make us fear the num- 
bers that may be gathered into the fold, and feel to 
rest in Zion, thinking, "we are saved, what matters 
it for others?" then let us think of the ingathering 
on the day of Pentecost, and remember that every 
other soul is just as precious in the sight of God as 
ours, and strive the more zealously for the salvation 
of souls, resting assured that God will take care of 
the numbers. 
Jolmstown, Pa. 

OOP'S LEADING. 
BY W, M. HOWE, 

We who so often pray, " Thy will be done on 
earth even as it is done in heaven," should mean it 
thus: "Thy will, O God, be done on the earth, by 
us, even as it is done by the angels in heaven." 
We should then rise from our knees with a desire to 
know and to do God's will, as he may from day to 
day be pleased to reveal it unto us. 

First of all, do not forget that God's Word is a 
lamp unto our feet. Psa. 119: 105. God's ministers 
carry that Word to those who could not hear with- 
out a preacher. Rom. 10: 14. We have the Book. 
Let us study it to show ourselves approved of God. 

2 Tim. 2: 15. He says, "My people are destroyed 
for lack of knowledge." Hos. 4: 6. 

But " if any man think that he knoweth anything, 
he knoweth nothing yet as he ought to know." I 
Cor. 8: 2. We need wisdom also. But Paul's God 
shall supply all our need. Phil. 4:19. If any man 
lack wisdom he may "ask of God, that giveth to all 
men liberally." Jas. 1:5. We need more and can 
get it from the same source. God giveth his Spirit 
to them that obey him. Acts 5:32. He, the Spirit 
of truth, will guide you into all truth. John 16: 13. 

And yet it seems that there are times in our lives 
when we are quite at a loss to know just what to do. 
It is a time to pray. The God of light delights to 
lead his children out of such darkness into light. 
Until he does we may be happy and content, trust- 
ing him to do it, while we stand still waiting to see 
the salvation of the Lord. (Ex. 14: 13.) 

Furthermore, it seems that the time for action 
does sometimes come in advance of clear light. 
What then? Be conscientious. Conscience is not a 
safe guide, for it is not a guide at all. Nevertheless 
the honest Sauls as well as the Pauls can never be 
anything less than conscientious. Do what seems 
right, and ask God's guidance and his blessing. If 
we do right in the matter, God will, by his Spirit, let 
us know that he is well pleased. If we have been 
mistaken and do wrong, God will reveal this to our 



heart, when we may repent, confess our fault a sin of 
ignorance and be most freely and speedily forgiven. 

There are those who have been in a strait betwixt 
two, who have cast lots one way or another, and 
have asked God so to decide the matter in ques- 
tion for them. It is a very happy and satisfactory 
way, when one is in such a plight if he will confident- 
ly look to God to decide it in a proper way. Let it 
be at once understood that a minister can never cast 
lots that he may decide whether he shall or shall 
not preach trine immersion for Christian baptism. 
But he may be led of God when undecided to cast 
lots whether he shall preach on a certain night a 
sermon on baptism or one on the Lord's Supper. 

It will be interesting, lastly, to note how the serv- 
ant of Abraham obtained God's help when seeking 
a wife for Isaac. On his way to the city of Nahor 
he prayed thus:" O Lord God of my master Abra- 
ham, I pray thee, send me good speed this day, 
. . . . behold I stand here by the well of water; 
and the daughters of the men of the city come out 
to draw water: and let it come to pass that the dam- 
sel to whom I shall say, Set down thy pitcher, I 
pray thee, that I may drink; and she shall say, 
Drink, and I will give thy camels drink also: let the 
same be she that thou hast appointed for thy serv- 
ant Isaac; and thereby shall I know that thou hast 
shown kindness unto my Master." "Such a prayer!" 
some would sayl And yet it even so came to 
pass. God answered that prayer. He was glad to 
do it, for in every such case he is glorified. John 
14: 13. Abraham's servant believed that those in 
God's service will be led of him by his Spirit to ask 
for their needs, and that such prayers will never go 
unanswered. Jesus said: "If ye abide in me and 
my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, 
and it shall be clone unto you." John 15: 7. 

We may be sure that God loves to see us do that 
which is altogether right, and that he takes great 
care to instruct and to enlighten and to 'guide his 
children — so much so that the wayfaring man 
though a fool may not err in finding the way. Isa. 
35: 8. For this we ought daily to praise God from 
whom all blessings flow, May our corrected lives 
be a continual praise to him! That will be most 
acceptable. 

Norristown, Pa. 



THE BEST WAY TO CARE FOR OURSELVES. 

We ought to set good examples, as well as to fol- 
low them. Lord Bacon says: "Set it down to thy- 
self as well to create good precedents as to follow 
them." Yet our selfish nature prompts us, for our 
own sake, to go in a good way already marked out, 
rather than to indicate for others a way that is safe 
for them to go in. But if we only think of our- 
selves, we do not really act for our own best inter- 
ests. Forgetting self is a duty in the line of caring 
for self. _ 

We hear most surely what we want to hear. Out 
of the interests of the heart the ears hear. "Take 
heed how ye hear " is a by-law under our moral con- 
stitution. What concerns us catches our attention. 
If kindergarten or photography, if recipes or serv- 
ants or babies are supreme in our thoughts, we 
hear about them on all sides. What kind of things 
make our ears prick up most quickly? The old poet 
Rogers said, "I have a very weak voice, and if I did 
not say ill-natured things, no one would hear what I 
said." He knew too well what interested most peo- 
ple. Could he have counted on us? — Sunday Scllool 
Times. _ 

The flood washed away home and mill — all the 
poor man had in the world. But as he stood on the 
scene of his loss, after the flood had subsided 
broken-hearted and discouraged, he saw something 
on the bank which the waters had washed bare. "It 
looks like gold," he said. It was gold. The flood 
which had beggared him made him rich. So it is 
ofttimes in life. Sorrow strips off loved possessions 
but reveals the treasures of the love of God. We 
are sure, at least, that every sorrow that comes 
brings to us a gift from God, a blessing which may 
be ours, if we will accept it.—/. Ji. Miller. 



THE GOSPEL 3y[ESSEIsrC3-BE>- 



Jan. 26, 1901. 



PREACHERS' DEPARTMENT. 



Sermon Thoughts, Hon 



PULPIT MAOIC.-No. 1. 



BY EDWARD PRANTZ. 



An expert worker in the magic art will show you 
a hat as innocent looking as any hat can be, perfect- 
ly empty as your own eyes can testify, and then in 
some mysterious way proceed to take from it a 
batch of curios of various sorts, sufficient to start a 
museum. Pulpit magic is the application of this 
same principle to the work of preaching. The trick 
consists in getting something out of a text that is 
not in it. There are various ways in which this feat 
is performed. Here is one: 

The preacher announces as his text those great 
words of Jesus in Matt. 1 1 : 28, " Come unto me, all 
ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give 
you rest." He then says something like this: As it 
would be manifestly impossible to bring out in one 
sermon all that is contained in this verse, we will 
confine our attention to-day to the first word. The 
word " come," as you see, is made up of four letters, 
C, O, M, E. C stands for Conversation, from which 
we learn the great importance of guarding the un- 
ruly member and taking care that our conversation 
is always such as becomcth men and women profess- 
ing godliness. O stands for Obedience. From this 
we learn the necessity of faithful obedience to all 
the commandments of God, however small and unim- 
portant they may seem. M stands for Mortality, 
and teaches us that we are all mortal and must soon 
leave the stage of action and give an account of our 
stewardship here below. E is for Eternity, that 
great and boundless unknown, to which we are all 
hastening as fast as the unlocked wheels of time can 
move us along. 

With such an outline as this, the field opened up 
to the preacher is truly inviting, and as he proceeds 
with impassioned tone and moistened eye, expound- 
ing and enforcing each of these four great themes, 
it is no wonder that the oldest settlers in the com- 
munity say it was the grandest thing they ever 
heard, and that they had no idea that such a sermon 
was hidden away in that one little word. 

But what has the preacher actually done? He 
has simply performed a clever feat in slight-of-hand. 
He has put his sermon into the text for the purpose 
of getting it out again. He has put a stumbling 
block in his hearers' way in their honest efforts to 
understand God's Word. He has taught them that 
the plain and simple language of the Bible is stored 
with hidden and mysterious meanings, which only 
the initiated can understand. He has made the Bi- 
ble a book subject to the caprice and inventive ge- 
nius of the interpreter, capable of meaning anything, 
which amounts at last to the same thing as meaning 
nothing at all. 

If a preacher wants to preach on Conversation or 
Obedience or Mortality or Eternity, or all of these 
at once, let him do so; but let him not descend to 
the magician's trick of taking something out of the 
hat which is not there. Or, if he insists upon doing 
this, let him state frankly to his congregation that 
he is not pretending to expound the text, but is sim- 
ply giving a free exhibition in sacred( ?) legerde- 
main. 

McPhtrson, Kans. 

" And Moses said, Who am I that I should go? " 
It is a good thing for the worker to realize how 
small he really is. There is no more necessary 
qualification for the Christian than that of genuine 
humility. Yet the very man who spoke these words, 
who has been known for his meekness, fell short of 
entering into the land of promise because he 
thought more highly of himself than he ought to 
have thought. There is something, however, which 
passes for humility that comes far short of it I n 
protesting that he was not able, he was pitting his 
judgment against that of the God who made him 
When God calls men to serve him, he does not ex- 
pect them to go unarmed. 



THE ♦ SUNDAY ♦ SCHOOL. 

LESSON LIQI1T-PLASHES. 
Parable of the Ten Vlrglnj.— Matt. 25: '-'3- 

Lessen for Feb. J, laol. 

Golden Text,— Watch therefore, for ye know neither the 
day nor the boor wherein the Son of man Cometh.— Matt. 25: 
■3, 

The entering into the kingdom of heaven is here 
likened to ten virgins who have been invited to a 
marriage reception, and is based on the custom that 
was then in vogue in that country and is still prac- 
ticed in Palestine. While traveling down through 
this country from Damascus to Jerusalem we had 
the pleasure of seeing one of these marriage proces- 
sions. The first procession is to the home of the 
bride, where the first part of the marriage ceremony 
is performed, which generally takes place about five 
o'clock in the evening. 

The second one is from the home of the bride to 
the home of the bridegroom, generally about mid- 
night. But as the people there don't have railroad 
and electric lines the time of the arrival of this 
party is somewhat uncertain. At this reception 
there are always a number of guests invited who 
have not been at the wedding, or at least do not 
form a part of the second procession. In order that 
they may not miss the occasion they go early in 
the night, provided with the customary lamp and 
needed oil, should there be a delay. During this 
waiting it is necessary that the lamps be kept burn- 
ing. And we are told that in this case " all slum- 
bered and slept." And, further, that five of them 
were wise and five were foolish or careless. 

They were all alike in the slumbering while wait- 
ing, and there was no fault found with this, because 
they would be duly awakened at the coming of the 
wedding party. But the trouble was in the prepa- 
ration that these invited waiting guests had made. 
They all had their lamps filled and burning at the 
start. But five of them— the wise— had also oil with 
them so that as their oil was burned out they could 
replenish and keep their lamps continually burning 
and in readiness. The foolish had not taken this 
precaution, so that when their lamps went out they 
had no oil to refill. And while away seeking for 
oil the bridegroom came, the wise, who were in 
readiness, entered in "and the door was shut." 
And the foolish were left on the outside. 

In this parable we have a number of figures. The 
bridegroom means Christ; the feast, the entertain- 
ment that he is preparing for those that are his at 
his coming; the wise virgins, the prepared and wait- 
ing Christians; the foolish, those who have been in- 
vited, have accepted, but have become careless and 
indifferent in their waiting and watching. The 
lamp is to mean the profession of religion, and the 
oil the grace and salvation of God. The wise had 
both the profession and the grace, but the foolish 
had only the profession. The wise entered in with 
the bridegroom and his party and enjoyed the feast. 
The foolish were shut out. The difference between 
those who went in and those who remained out in 
the parable is very great; because those who had the 
oil, were ready and went in represent those who, at 
the coming of Christ, will be permitted to enter into 
the kingdom of God, to feast and remain eternally 
there to enjoy the unspeakable things prepared for- 
ever. But those who were foolish and unprepared 
to enter in represent those who will be unprepared 
have no oil, at the coming of Christ, and as a result 
will be shut out from the glories of the kingdom. 

The lesson to us is to see and determine to which 
of these classes we belong-to the wise or to the 
Everything depends on our preparing, 
ind waiting. We all have received the in- 
vitation; all have accepted-made the profession- 
have the lamp, have started out to meet the bride- 
groom, are waiting, but how many of us are ready 
for the announcement, " The Bridegroom cometh? " 

__ H. B. B. 

d/^ 01 "; "^ '! arn h ° Wt ° Ptay without P« s ing «n- 
der the cloud of a great sorrow. 



fool: 
watch 



OUR Pn»VHn JVTHHTIflG. 



DILIGENT WORK. 

For Week Ending Feb, p. 

" Whatsoever thy hand lindeth to do. do It with thy might; lor there It no 
work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom In the grave, whither thou 
goeet."— Eccl. 9: 10. 

I. The Work We Have to Do. 

1. Secular pursuits. Prov. 22: 29; Rom. 12: 11; Luke 2: 
49. 

2. Social duties. Col. 4: 6; Jas. 3: 17; ■ PeL 3: 8. 

3. Personal salvation, Ps. 13: 5; 17: "S, 

4. Labor for souls, r Cor. 14: 19; Jas. 5: 20; Ezek. 33: 6. 
II. The Manner of Performing It. 

1. With willingness. I Chron 28: 9; 2 Cor. 8: 12; 1 Pet. 
5:2. 

2. With promptitude, 2 Pet. 3: 14; Heb. 6: II; 11:6. 

3. With faith. 1 Cor. 16: 13; 2 Cor. 5:7; Col. 2: 5. 

4. With fervency. Jas. 5: 16; I Pet. 1: 22; 4: 8. 
III. The Motive Enforcing It. 

1. Life is fleeting. Jas. 4: 14; Job 9: 25, 26; 14: 1, 2; Ps. 
3o:5- 

2. Death is the end of opportunities. Heb. 3: 7-15. 

expository thoughts. 
As Christians we ought ever to be distinguished from the 
world in the great object of our life. Our aim should be to live 
for Christ. To live for glory? Yes, for his glory. To live for 
wealth? Yes, bat to be rich in heaven. Yon can make the 
most common calling become really sacred, by dedicating 
your daily life wholly to the service of Christ. May oar motto 
be, " For me to live is Christ" 



OATHERED CRUMBS. 
BY J. S. FLORY. 

To-day at our Sunday school we gathered, as we 
always do, some sweet crumbs to digest and live on. 
The lesson was about the woman anointing Christ 
with precious ointment, no doubt the best she had. 
One of the sweetest crumbs gathered was that 
dropped by a brother who said, "She did it while 
he was yet living; at a time when he could appre- 
ciate it." Too often we withhold our precious 
words until our friends are dead and gone, then we, 
in fulsome praise, are ready to open our "alabaster 
boxes " and scatter sweet perfume all around. Bet- 
ter—yea, a thousand times better — to have given 
due honor and spoken words of cheer a little sooner. 
It is too often the rule to speak of other men's faults 
while they are living and dig up their good traits of 
character after death. 

Then, too, we got a crumb of comfort from some 
one who said: "She gave the best she had, regard- 
less of sacrifice." True love and devotion never 
stop at trifles, but boldly push onward, regardless 
of what some, who may oppose, will say. She did 
what she felt in her heart was right to do, and left 
the results to her Master. Grand results followed. 
That act of a loving heart comes down the centuries 
with a halo of divine glory surrounding it. Think 
of it, dear reader, you do not have to do some great 
thing to become famous; only do what you can. 

Another crumb: Someone said religious duties or 
devotion, the outcome of love, should never be 
measured from a financial standpoint. 

All in all, the lesson was a good one — as all les- 
sons are when God's Word is taught. Being a rainy 
day the attendance was not so large. It really is 
astonishing how the weatherdoes affect some peo- 
ple's religion, while at the same time it does not up- 
set their business constitution in the least. 

Los Angeles, Cat. 

UNCONSCIOUS MELODY. 

After dinner Beethoven would give himself to 
music. For two hours he would extemporize, some- 
times with strains of deepest pathos, sometimes with 
chords like trumpet blasts; so would he touch all 
springs of melody. He hears not a note, but the 
friends who, unknown to him, have gathered in the 
adjacent hall, are charmed to silence and often to 
tears. So the life in which there abides a deep ex- 
perience and a living faith, unconsciously to itself, 
gives forth a harmony that wins the world to silence 
and often to faith. Moses wist not that his face 
shone, but the people saw its radiance and felt the 
power of the exalted spirit within. 



Jan. 26, 1901 



THE GOSPEL MESSEHGEB. 



irld cha 



HOME « AND « FAMILY- 

IN THE HOUR OF TRIAL. 

In the boar of trial 

Jesus plead for me; 
Lest by base denial 

I depart from thee; 
When thou see'st me waver 

With a look recall. 
Nor for fear or favor 

Suffer me to fall. 
With forbidden pie; 

Would tbii 
Or its sordid t 

Spread to work me harm; 
Bring to my remembrance 

Sad Gethsemane, 
Or, in darker semblance, 

Crosa-crown'd Calvary. 
Should thy mercy send me 

Sorrow, toil and woe; 
Or should pain attend me 

On my path below; 
Grant that I may never 

Fail thy hand to see; 
Grant that I may ever 

Cast my care on thee, 
When my last hour cometh, 

Fraught with strife and pain, 
When my dost returneth 

To the dust again; 
On thy troth relying, 

Through that mortal strife, 
Jesui, take me, dying, 

To eternal life. 

WHAT A CHILD CAN DO. 

HVerv tiny and pale the little girl looked as she 
stood before those three grave and dignified gen- 
tlemen. She had been ushered into the study of 
Rev. Dr. A. J. Gordon, of Boston, where he was 
holding counsel with two of his deacons, and now 
Upon inquiry into the nature of her errand, a little 
girl preferred the request to be allowed to become 
a member of his church. 

"You are quite too young to join our church," 
said one of the deacons, "you had better take a run 
home, and let us talk to your mother." 

She showed no sign of running, however, as her 
wistful blue eyes traveled from one face to another 
of the three gentlemen sitting in their comfortable 
chairs; she only drew a little step nearer to Dr. 
Gordon. He arose, and, with the gentle courtesy 
that ever marked him, placed her in a small chair 
close beside himself. 

I" Now, my child, tell me your name and where 
mil live." 

H' Annie Graham, sir, and I live on K street. I 

go to your Sabbath school." 

"You do; and who is your teacher? " 

"Miss B , She is very good to me." 

■f And you want to join the church? " 

■The child's face glowed as she leaned eagerly 

toward him, clasping her hands; but all she said 

Bs, "Yes, sir." 

■'She cannot be more than six years old," said one 

of the deacons, disapprovingly. 

H^ r Gordon said nothing, but quietly regarded the 

small, earnest face, now becoming a little downcast. 

HI am ten years old — older than I look," she 

said. 

H*It is not usual for us to admit any one so young 

Bnembership," he said thoughtfully. " We have 

never done so; still—" 

yf l It may make an undesirable precedent," re- 

Bltked the other deacon. 

The doctor did not seem to hear, as he asked, 
"You know what joining the church is, Annie? " 
»' Yes, sir;" and she answered a few questions that 
Bved she comprehended the meaning of the step 
jffle wished to take. She had slipped off her chair, 
ai >d now stood close to Dr. Gordon's knee. 
■ You said last Sabbath, sir, that all the lambs 
Buld be in the fold—" 

H^I did," he answered, with one of his own lovely 
jmiles. "It is surely not for us to keep them out. 
Go home now, my child; I will see your friends and 
M'ange to take you into membership very soon." 
The cloud lifted from the child's face, and her ex- 



pression, as she passed through the door he opened 
for her, was one of entire peace. 

Inquiries made of Annie's Sabbath-school teacher 
proving satisfactory, she was baptized the following 
week, and, except for occasional information from 
Miss B., that she was doing well, Dr. Gordon heard 
no more of her for about a year. 

Then he was summoned to her funeral. It was 
one of June's hottest days, and as the doctor made 
his way along the narrow street on which Annie had 
lived, he wished, for a moment, that he had asked 
his assistant to come instead of himself; but as he 
neared the house the crowd filled him with wonder; 
progress was hindered, and, as perforce he paused 
for a moment, his eye fell upon a cripple lad crying 
bitterly as he sat on a low door step. 
" Did you know Annie Graham, lad? " he asked. 
" Know her, is it, sir? Never a week passed but 
what she came twice or thrice with a picture or a 
book, mayhap an apple, for me, an' it's owin' to her 
and no clergy at all that I'll iver follow her blessed 
footsteps to heaven. She'd read me from her own 
Bible wheniver she came, an' now she's gone there'll 
be none at all to help, for mother's dead and dad's 
drunk, and the sunshine's gone from Mike's sky 
with Annie, sir." 

A burst of sobs choked the boy. Dr. Gordon 
passed on, after promising him a visit very soon, 
making his way through the crowd of tearstained, 
sorrowful faces. The doctor came to a stop again 
in the narrow passageway of the little house. A 
woman stood beside him drying her fast-falling 
tears, while a wee child hid his face in her skirts 
and wept. 

"Was Annie a relative of yours?" the doctor 
asked. 

" No, sir; but the blessed child was at our house 
constantly, and when Bob was sick she nursed and 
tended him, and her hymns quieted him when noth- 
ing else seemed to do it. It was just the same with 
all the neighbors. What she's been to us no one 
but the Lord will ever know, and now she lies 
there." 

Recognized at last, Dr. Gordon was led to the 
room where the child lay at rest, looking almost 
younger than when he had seen her in his study a 
year ago. An old bent woman was crying aloud by 
the coffin. 

"Never thought she'd go before I did. She used 
to run in regular to read an' sing to me every even- 
ing, an' it was her talk an' prayers that made a 
Christian of me; you could almost go to heaven on 
one of her prayers." 

Mother, mother, come home," said a young man, 
putting his arm around her to lead her away. 
You'll see her again." 

" I know, I know," she said; "she's waiting for 
ie at the gate," she sobbed, as she followed him; 
but I miss her sore now." 

A silence fell on those assembled, and, marveling 
at such testimony, Dr. Gordon proceeded with the 
service, feeling as if there was little more he could 
say of one whose deeds thus spoke for her. Loving 
hands had laid flowers all around the child who had 
led them. One tiny lassie had placed a dandelion in 
the small waxen fingers, and now stood, abandoned 
of grief, beside the still form. The services over, 
again and again was the coffin lid waved back by 
some one longing for one more look, and they 
seemed as if they could not let her go. 

The next day a good looking man came to Dr. 
Gordon's house and was admitted into his study, 
"lam Annie's uncle, sir," he said simply, "She 
never rested until she made me promise to join the 
church, and I've come." 

Dr. Gordon sat in the twilight, resting, after his 
visitor had . left. The summer breeze blew in 
through the windows, and his thoughts turned back- 
ward and dwelt on what his little parishioner had 
done. 

Truly a marvelous record for one year. It is well 
said, " Their angels do ever behold his face." — 
Christian Arbitrator. 



STRANGE HOUSEHOLD LAWS. 



The duties of husband and wife, says the Youth's 
Companion, are distinctly defined among the Kaffirs 
of South Africa. The husband does not expect his 
wife to build the kraal, or hut. That is his work. 
It takes from five hundred to a thousand young trees 
to make the beehive kind of dwelling which is in 
favor, and which is excellently adapted for protec- 
tion. 

When the husband has erected the hut it is the 
wife's place to cut grass, carry it home, and thatch 
the kraal once a year. She looks after all that is 
needed in the hut, cooks the food, gets the firewood, 
and makes the beer, which is not a small task, for the 
men drink it in immense quantities. It is made 
from millet and mealies, and is mild but intoxicat- 
ing. 

Until quite recently everything was carried on the 
head. A Zulu woman will carry 200 pounds of 
mealies in this fashion. When a Kaffir was first 
seen carrying a load by the hand instead of on his 
head, the Dutch thought it a dangerous imitation of 
European fashion. 

Women have so far asserted themselves as to re- 
fuse to hoe the mealies for planting, but they will 
weed. A woman goes about with her baby tied on 
her back, while she rocks herself and croons to it. 

When a man dies his widow may, if she chooses, 
become the wife of his brother. She stays at the 
kraal, and all the children, including those of the 
new marriage, are held to belong to her eldest son, 
who takes his father's place as guardian, and has 
the privilege of using, supposedly for the common 
good, all the wages of the younger sons. It thus 
sometimes happens that a little boy is head over his 
mother and older sisters. If the widow does not 
choose to marry the brother, but takes another hus- 
band, she loses all control of her children, who stay 
in their father's kraal. By and by all these rules 
will be done away with, and the more modern 
customs will prevail. Civilization and Christianity 
will make the needed change. 



NO MORE NIQHT STUDY. 



Hi . 



recent act of the Senate Committee of the 
District of Columbia,— says The Little Chronicle, chil- 
dren of twelve years of age and under were forbid- 
den to study at home and the school authorities 
were forbidden to require study from such children 
outside of school hours. Thus it has been officially 
recognized that all work and no play is bad for both 
Jack and Jill. More than a year ago in a paper in 
the Ladies' Home Journal, Mrs. Lew Wallace made a 
vigorous plea for the overworked children of the 
well-to-do. Men and women were long ago warned 
by doctors against the disastrous effect of taking 
work home, but over a large part of the country 
teachers require and parents acquiesce in the prepa- 
ration of next day's lessons after supper. This ac- 
counts for the many nervous wrecks among your 
children. Observation has proved that children 
who study outside of school hours make no more 
rapid progress for this sacrifice of time that should 
be given to relaxing play. The example of the 
Senate Committee is well worth following by school 
boards, teachers and parents. 



Dignity may be the shadow of pretended great- 
ness. 



Americans will agree with the little lad in a board 
school in England who in an examination on Scrip- 
ture subjects gave an original answer to the ques- 
tion, "What can you tell me about Moses?" 

" Please, sir, he was a gentleman," replied the lit- 
tle fellow. 

" A gentleman! " repeated the inspector. " What 
do you mean by that?" 

" Please, sir, when the daughters of Jethro went to 
the well to draw water, the shepherds came and 
drove them away, and Moses helped the daughters 
of Jethro and said to the shepherds, ' Ladies first, 
please, gentlemen.' " 



All that human wisdom has ever been able to 
learn for itself is that God is, but it is only through 
Christ that we can know what he is. 



THE GOSPEL MESSENGER, 

A RELIGIOUS WEEKLY, 

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The General Missionary and Tract Committee, 
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THE GOSPEL ME3SBHOBB. 

ethren at North Manchester, Ind., are said 
to be enjoying a season of refreshing at this time. 
Bro. I. B. Trout is with them in a series of meetings, 
and the special Bible term is also in progress. 

One of our aged Texas brethren calls our atten- 
tion to an annoying mistake of week before last, 
when we stated that the banquet given by the Gov- 
ernor of Michigan cost him over S330 for each 
guest present. We should have said over "S33." 
That was bad enough. 

Sister Amanda Wolf, wife of John Wolf, the 
oldest remnant of the Far Western Brethren, died a 
few days ago, at the advanced age of nearly eighty 
years. Her maiden name was Hume, and she is 
said to have been related to David Hume, the cel- 
ebrated historian of Scotland. 



Jan. 26, Igor, 



The church at Lincoln, Nebr., will be dedicated 
Feb. 3. 

Ten recently put on Christ in baptism at Bakers 

Summit, Pa. 

ed at Corinne, 



A congregation 1 
Utah, with eighteen 



orga 



it-mlir 



of Bro. Archy 



Until further notice the addr 
VanDyke will be McPherson, Kans. 

Bro. D, C. Camtbell is at this time engaged in a 
protracted meeting in the Mississinewa church, 
Ind. 

Bro. Jos. SPITZBB commenced a series of meet- 
ings in the Loon Creek house, Salamonia congrega- 
tion, Ind., last Saturday. 



Bro. Jesse Stutsman is now preaching in Ray 
County, Mo., and until further notice may be ad- 
dressed at Rockingham. 



During a recent Bible term held i 
Spring church, Pa„ by Bro. J. Kurtz 
persons put on Christ in baptism. 



light 



On page 62 of this issue will be found a " Special 
Sunday-school Notice " from Bro. Albert C. Wieand 
that should have immediate attention. 



Bro. Chas. M. Yearout is now preaching in the 
Bethlehem church, Franklin Co., Va. He thinks 
of remaining in that State until spring. 



Bro. Geo. W. Crissman, of Walker, Kans., 
been very sick, even nigh unto death, but is 
improving, with fair prospects of 1 



Bro. Andrew Hutchison has just closed his 
work at Keuka, Fla., and gone to Wabasso, the 
same State, where he should be addressed until Feb. 



Bro. J. E. Young is engaged in a series of 
meetings at Cambridge, Nebr., where he proposes 
to remain as long as he sees an opening for doing 



Bro. I. H. Crist, iS South Mill Street, Kansas 
City, Kans,, wants 1000 copies Messenger No 23 of 
1900. Those who have that issue and care to part 
with it will please send it to him. It is the ringing 
article on page 362, entitled, " Murderer's Last 
Words," that he desires. 



We 



regret to learn that the wife of Bro. J. C. 
Murray, Nappanee, Ind., is still in poor health, and 
suffers a great deal from a cancer trouble. Many 
of our readers will pleasantly remember her on ac- 
count of her Christian earnestness, simplicity and 
unfaltering devotion to the cause of Christ. 



Please do not send to the Messenger for publi- 
cation death notices clipped from local papers. Of 
these notices there is not one in ten that states 
where the deceased lived. The better way is to 
write up a suitable obituary. We never use the 
printed notices clipped from the papers sent us. 

Bro. I. N. H. Beahm, of Elizabethtown, Pa., so 
writes his wife, is still too weak to either do much 
reading or talking. Most of his time is spent en- 
tirely alone, so as to give him all the rest possible. 
Last fall he received a backset from which he is 
now very slowly recovering. In his behalf Sister 
Beahm craves the earnest prayers of our readers. 



Quite recently not less than five earthquake 
shocks were distinctly felt in Oklahoma, causing 
considerable excitement among the people. About 
181 1 similar shocks, with more or less severity, con- 
tinued in the Mississippi valley for nearly one 
year. That was a year of religious earnestness^ and 
a number of people united with the churches. It 
would be well if a religious wave could also sweep 
over the west. 

We have just given orders for a second edition of 
the "Brethren's Sunday School Commentary " for 
1 901. It will require a week or ten days to have 
the book ready for mailing. In the meantime those 
desiring a copy of this excellent volume should 
place their orders without delay. The book is 
neatly printed on good paper, well-bound in cloth, 
contains over 400 pages, and may be had for ninety 
cents. Considering the size and special value of the 
volume, it is the cheapest Sunday-school commen- 
tary on the market. We have already sent out 1,500 
copies, and the book seems to be giving excellent 
satisfaction. All Sunday-school workers should 
have a copy, and we should be pleased to have 
them send in their orders at once, for this is posi- 
tively the last edition that we shall print. Any 
minister of the Brethren church, desiring the book 
for his own use, is entitled to a copy for the pos- 
tage, twelve cents. This is the only chance for 
the ministers who have not yet procured a copy, 



Bro. Quincv Leckrone is engaged in a series of 
meetings" in the English Prairie church, Ind. From 
there he goes to the Pleasant Valley congregation. 

Bro. M. S. Mohler, of Leeton, Mo., has just laid 
to rest his devoted wife. She is said to have been 
a noble Christian woman, and has left a record for 
piety, devotion and good works that will not soon 
be forgotten, She was very much attached to her 
family, as well as to the Brethren, and her depar- 
ture will be much lamented. 

Brethren B. F. Masterson and J. K. Miller are 
booked for the following Bible schools: In the 
McConnelsdale house, Fulton Co., Pa„ Jan. 26 to 
Feb. 1; at the Brandt house, near Lemasters, 
Pa., Feb. 2 to 14. Then at Palmyra, Pa., from 
Feb. 17 to March 3. Those desiring to study the 
Word, will please make a note of the above dates, 
for everybody is welcome. 

He who wants to reach the top in life, must first 
learn to do good work at the bottom. There 
is more room at the bottom than at the top, and 
here there is a greater demand for good work- 
ers. The top, for support, depends upon the 
thorough work done at the bottom. When there is 
room at the top one of the trusted toilers at the bot- 
tom may be moved up, and that will leave at the 
bottom a vacancy for some one else to fill. Let not 
those who seek the higher positions spend so much 
of their time looking at the top as to neglect their 
allotted task at the bottom; if they do they may 
rest assured that promotion for them is a matter of 

uncertainty. 

"Too Young to Marry" is the title of a picture 
play that is going the rounds. We regard the thing 
as a regular piece of mockery. The central figure 
is a plainly-attired and handsome young sister. 
Then there is the pious and devoted mother, and 
also an attractive young widow. In appearance 
these women represent our sisters to perfection. 
Thus attired the thing is acted out. It is a love 
making affair in which a rich young man is in love 
with the young sister. It being against the rules of 
the Dunkers for the young sisters to marry very 
rich men, so the story runs, the young man manages 
to get rid of his fortune, and marries the woman of 
his choice. It is a pity that the garb of our sisters 
should be thus dragged into a dramatic performance, 
where there is more than an ordinary amount of 
merriment. It not only misrepresents our people, 
but exposes their time-honored customs to ridicule. 
Everybody who knows anything whatever about the 
Brethren knows that they have no rules whatever re- 
garding the marrying of rich companions. It is to 
be hoped that the theater-going people everywhere 
will absent themselves from the play, -and in this 
way show their disapproval of the mockery, 



The stomach of the average man is more tender 
than his conscience. Abusing the former has made 
it tender, but abusing the conscience makes it only 
the tougher. Those who want to live long, and 
enjoy life, find it necessary to take the very best of 
care of the stomach, but who ever heard of a man 
being specially concerned about the care of his con- 
science? It is a wonder that some people h 
conscience at all. 



'. any 



In one of the small stores in Chicago, last week, 
there was an occurrence that should put more peo- 
ple to thinking. Two boys entered a store that 
was for the time in charge of a fifteen-year-old girl. 
One of the boys began helping himself to what he 
wanted, when the girl took him in hand. There was 
a struggle, the boy drawing a revolver, but the girl 
knocked the weapon from his hand. A policeman 
happened on the scene, and the boy was arrested. 
This boy had been reading the criminal literature 
found in ten-cent novels. Fill a boy's mind with 
such stuff,- and what else may we expect of him? 
The remedy is in supplying him with better reading 
matter. In one way this seems to be an agi 
crime teaching, Accounts of crimes are found 
on the pages of nearly all the dailies, while there 
are books and papers wholly given over to crim 
news. Against this class of reading the wise parent 
will use great judgment in guarding his home. To 
keep criminal literature out of the family is as i 
portant as to keep poison out of the food served at 
the regular meals. 



SPRINKLINO MANY NATIONS. 

Will you please explain Isaiah 52: 15 ana Ezek. 36: 25? 
They read thus: " So shall he sprinkle many nations," etc. 
" Then will I sprinkle clean water upon you, and a new spirit 
will I put within you," etc. Do these Scriptures refer to bap- 
tism?— AT. F. 

They seem not to refer to baptism even in the 
remotest sense. The term sprinkle in Isaiah means 
"startle "or astonish and is so rendered in the mar- 
gin of the Revised Version. The correct rendering 
is, "So shall he startle many nations." Some trans- 
lators have it, " So shall he astonish many na- 
tions." In Ezekiel a different word is used, and 
here sprinkle means to cleanse, reference being had 
to the ceremonial water under the law, which was 
made by mixing the ashes of a heifer with water 
taken from a running stream. Reference is made 
in Heb. 9: 13, 14 to this ceremonial sprinkling, and 
there it is regarded as a type of the blood of Christ 
The whole thing is fully explained in Heb. 10: «' 
where we read, " Having our hearts sprinkled fro" 1 
an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with 
pure water." Whatever New Testament teaching 
may, in a figure, be derived from sprinkling in Eze- 
kiel should apply to the sprinkling of the blood of 
Christ, and thereby the cleansing of the heart is af- 



Jan. 26, igoi. 



THE GOSPEL IMZESSZEHSTGIEIR,. 



57 



fected. The washing of the body, however, refers 
to baptism, which is also known as the " washing of 
regeneration." 

Under the law sprinkling was done with a mix- 
ture of the ashes of a heifer and water. This was a 
type of the blood of Christ. Under the Gospel there 
is also a sprinkling, but the element employed is 
the shed blood of Christ. Then there is a washing 
in addition to the sprinkling, but a mixed ele- 
ment is not employed as under the law. Pure water 
is used, that is, water as nature has left it. This 
is the kind of water found by John when he bap- 
tized in the Jordan, and also the kind employed by 
the apostles whenever the rite was by them admin- 
istered. There is nothing in the Old Testament 
typifying sprinkling for baptism under the Gospel, 
nor is there anything in the New Testament which 
in the remotest degree justifies sprinkling as a sub- 
stitute for the immersion so clearly taught by both 
Christ and the apostles. 



FEET-WASHING. 



The editor of the Sunday School Times is not dis- 
posed to accept the feet-washing, as taught in John 
13, as a church ordinance, but he does practically 
admit that to observe it even religiously is on the 
safe side of the question. Read the whole of this 
extract, but notice especially the closing lines: 

Questions about the Dumber of the sacraments that are bind- 
ing on members of the Christian church are not likely to be 
agreed on by all; Roman Catholics claim that there are 
seven sacraments, while a portion of the Friends accept no 
one sacrament as binding in its material form. A clergyman 
from Illinois asks as to feet-washing, which is counted a sacra- 
ment by a not inconsiderable number of Christians. The in- 
quirer writes: 

There la a " sect " In this community who hold that icet-washtng la an 
ordinance Instituted by Jesus Christ on the same nljiht of the Supper, and 
that the command, " Ye ought also to wash one another's feet," Is as bind- 
ing upon us, and has its spiritual significance as well as the other, " This do 
In remembrance of me." Have we any scrlptual authority that the dls. 
clplea so understood it and practiced It? Is the reference in 1 Timothy 5: 
10 any prool? What is your opinion? 

In Palestine, in the days of our Lord, feet-washing was a 
necessity, and was an act of common courtesy, to an extent 
that we can hardly understand now, There were no pave- 
ments. None wore stockings. Shoes were removed, and left 
at the doors of the houses. The hot limestone or chalk dust 
made the feet burn, and feel the need of cooling baths, 
Therefore feet-washing was a necessity: it was so long before 
the days of Jesus, and one who would consider the comfort of 
guests must either have his servant bathe their feet as they 
entered, or bathe them himself. This never seems to have 
been deemed a sacrament, as did at all times the sharing of 
each other's life in taking blood or its substitute. Bat it was 
an act of considerate regard for the comfort of one's fellow, in 
the land where it was common and needful. Within those 
limits it certainly is well to observe it still. Moreover, it is 
better to overdo ten times in an attempt to conform to the 
teachings of our Lord's example than to fall short in one thing 
where we might do as we have been directed. 

The Brethren do not propose " to fall short in one 
thing where we might do as we have been directed " 
by the Master, We feel certain that those who en- 
gage in feet-washing as a religious duty are on the 
safe side. But candidly there is no argument in the 
climatic conditions referred to by the Times editor. 
We have traveled for days in Palestine with bare- 
foot men, who experienced no inconvenience what- 
ever on account of the limestone or chalk dust. Men 
walk for days in this dust and never think about 
washing their feet. If they happen to come to a 
stream they wade it, and in that way get some com- 
fort from a footbath, but the hot dust leads the peo- 
ple to do no more feet-washing in Palestine than 
in Florida or Georgia. In fact we do not be- 
lieve that feet-washing, for comfort, is practiced 
half as much in Palestine as in America, where 
everybody wears shoes. All of this talk about 
the washing of feet being essential to comfort is 
no more true of Palestine than of America, 



SONO SERVICE IN THE CHURCH. 

Part of the joy and pleasure in heaven will be 
the glorious song service of the redeemed. "And 



they sang a new song, . . saying with a loud 
voice, Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive 
power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and 
honor, and glory, and blessing." In this wonder- 
ful song of praise to the Redeemer of the world 
every creature in heaven, on the earth, and in the 
sea shall join in making a joyful noise unto " him 
that sitteth upon the throne, and unto the 
Lamb." 

Music and singing is heaven-born, and the oldest 
record we have of it is when the " morning stars 
sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for 
joy." There is no law regulating the harmony of 
sweet sounds but that comes from God. Every 
vocal chord in all the universe was, and is, tuned by 
the Divine Musician. 

No instrument made by all the perfection of hu- 
man skill, be it ever so accurately made and deli- 
cately tuned, can compare with the perfect human 
voice in producing sweet melody and praise to God. 
So, discarding musical instruments in our song 
service in the church, we follow the divine instruc- 
tion and teach and admonish one another in psalms, 
and hymns, and spiritual songs, singing with grace 
in our hearts to the Lord. 

Because of the importance of our song service, 
for it is second only to the preaching of the Di- 
vine Word when it comes from the heart of the 
spirit-filled minister, we should always do our 
best, and our best is never done until we use all 
possible means to improve our singing to the limit 
of our ability to sing. 

Poor singing, like poor preaching, is probably bet- 
ter than none, if it comes from the heart, but neither 
is conducive of good, effective meetings, in which 
the hearts of the people are reached. 

Once I attended a meeting where a good sermon 
had been preached and a hymn announced. A 
good brother whose time for singing had passed, — 
and he didn't realize the fact, — hurriedly started a 
tune and pitched it too high. He failed to reach 
the end of the first stanza. He tried again and lost 
the tune. Then another tried with no better re- 
sults. At last the minister in desperation started 

"Alas, and did my Savior bleed? " 
Result — a good meeting spoiled and occasion given 
to the giddy and unthoughtful to laugh and make 
sport. 

I am glad and rejoice that our Brethren are awak- 
ing to the importance of having better song service 
in the church. Many churches are having special 
terms of singing and are making every effort to im- 
prove local talent. We have a number of brethren 
and sisters who are able to give instruction in sing- 
ing, and every congregation in the Brotherhood 
should make a determined effort to improve their 
song service. After awhile we shall join the throng 
of redeemed singers on the golden shore, and as 
we improve our God-given talents here, so shall we 
be the better prepared to enjoy the song service of 
heaven. D. l. m. 



OUR SHADOWS. 



What are they, and what message do we receive 
from them, and what message do they give? That 
we all cast a shadow is self-evident, but the kind it 
shall be should be the subject for our concern, A 
shadow is that portion of surface back of us that is 
bidden from the light in our front. This may not 
be worded as we have it in our dictionaries, but it is 
the truth told in a very common-place way. 

Our shadows have played more largely in our 
lives than we may at first suppose. In the early 
morning they are quite large, lengthy and point to- 
wards the west. As the noon hour approaches they 
grow smaller and lean towards the south. And as 
evening comes they again lengthen and point 
towards the east. 

In our boyhood days when time moved more slow- 



ly and weighed heavily the shortening, lengthening 

d changing of our shadow had different interpreta- 
tions to what they now have. In the forenoon a 
long shadow meant a long time till the toot of the 
olden-time dinner horn or the more distinct and 
measured strokes on the dinner bell. Our hearts 
gladdened as it leaned more and more towards the 
north. And as it shortened so that we could step 
over it, and our ears were greeted with neither toot 
nor clang, we grew impatient and wondered if the 
clock had stopped. Job speaks of the servant 
watching the shadow for the noonday hour, show- 
ing that boys and men a long time ago got hungry 
and weary in the work fields and consulted their 
shadows to learn when the feeding and resting time 
would come. And as we were interested in the 
shortening of the shadow in the forenoon so we 
were interested in its lengthening in the afternoon; 
because it then meant the shortening of the hours 
for labor and bringing us to the time for rest and 
reward. 

There are objects that cast very small shadows; 
some, none at all, and some very large; all depend- 
ing on the brightness of the light and the nature and 
character of the objects. In the darkness there can 
be no visible shadows. When the sun is hidden or 
covered by clouds the shadows cast arc dim or 
bright in proportion to the amount of light. But 
the brighter the light the more clearly outlined are 
the shadows cast. As this is true of the natural, so 
of the moral and the spiritual. It is because of this 
fact that some men and women cast such faint 
shadows. They abide in the realms of darkness — so 
far away from the light that no shadows are discern- 
ible. As we approach the light the outlines of our 
shadows grow more distinct. And when we get in- 
to the full blaze of the gospel light our shadows 
are plainly seen and our true self is shadowed forth 
in true form. 

These are the shadows that leave their impress 
on the lives of others for good. The Psalmist 
speaks of the weary traveler fleeing to the shadows 
of the great rock. They flee to these shadows for 
protection from the scorching rays of the midday 
sun or to hide from the fierce storm, as well as to 
rest from the fatigue of travel, God is represented 
as a rock under whose shadow we can rest. Christ 
is the rock of our salvation. To the shadow of this 
rock we can flee with divine assurance. We are 
rocks affording shadows and rest to the weary and 
unsaved in proportion as we are like Christ. How 
many sin-sick souls are resting in our shadows? 
The shadows that we are casting will tell on the 
lives of others as well as on our own. And they 
are good, indifferent and bad in proportion to our 
nearness to the Light that lighteth every man that 
cometh into the world. 

Another thought in reference to this subject. 
Have you ever thought that your shadow repre- 
sents your own true self? And if so, what kind of 
a shadow do you cast? Are you pleased with it? 
Is it as you would have it be? If not you should 
at once commence improving, not your shadow, 
but yourself. And when you get yourself right 
your shadow will be as you are. 

There are men and women all over the world that 
are casting the shadows of death. And those that 
flee to them for rest and safety will be deceived. 
They are the shadows thrown from false lights. 
They promise ease, rest and peace, only to deceive. 
And if their light be darkness, how great will that 
darkness be! It is bad to deceive ourselves, but 
still worse to deceive others. And that is what 
we are doing, if we are not walking in the true 
Light. 

Our shadows! What are they doing for the 
world? Are we as the great rock in the desert, and 
do the needy find rest and peace in our shadows? 
H. H. B. 



THIIE GOSPEL MESSENGER. 



Jan. 26, igoi. 



ANNUAL MEETING QUERIES. 



The following queries from the different State Dis- 
tricts will be presented to the next Annual Meeting: 
Southwestern Kansas, Southern Colorado and North- 
western Olkahoma. 

i. We ask Annual Meeting through District Meeting to re- 
consider her former rnling, and so amend the same that no 
one shall serve as member of Standing Committee more than 
once in four years, and not two years in succession. Passed to 
Annual Meeting. 

2. We ask Annual Meeting to reconsider the time of holding 
Annual Meeting and decide to hereafter begin Annnal Meet- 
ing each year on the second Tuesday in June. Passed to An- 
nual Meeting. 
Nebraska. 

Inasmuch as it doeB not appear according to the Scripture 
that the salutation was observed between the supper and the 
Communion (see Mark 14: 22, 23; Malt. 26: 26, 17), will not the 
District Meeting of Nebraska ask Annual Meeting to remove 
the observance of the salutation from the place it dow occupies 
and place it after the passing of the cup, where it would ap- 
pear more properly to belong? Sent to Annual Meeting, 
Middle Missouri. 

1. We petition Annual Meeting through District Meeting to 
decide whether the word fornication, in Matt. 5: 32 and 19: 9 
and Annual Meeting Minutes, Art. 2, 1898, p. 106, applies alike 
to sin committed by married and unmarried persons. Passed 
to Annual Meeting. 

2. To Annual Meeting through District Meeting. Is it 
right for a church to send to District Meeting or Annual Meet- 
ing a delegate who does not, in his home church, conform to 
the order of dress, as defined by Annual Meeting? 

Answer by District Meeting.— No; not right. Sent to 
Annual Meeting. 

Northern Iowa, Southern Minnesota and South Da- 
kota. 

Rock Grove churcb, Iowa, requests, through District Meet- 
ing, that Annual Meeting make it the duty of Standing Com- 
mittee to suggest to the delegates the names of three suitable 
brethren to be voted for as Gospel Messenger Advisory 
Committee. Request granted and passed to Annual Meeting. 

Should there be other queries, the clerks will 
please forward them to us. These are all that we 
have received to date. 



ANNUAL MEETING MATTER. 

The following questions were spread on the Min- 
utes of 1900, to come up at the next Conference. 
There they will be discussed and acted upon: 

I. (a) (Grundy County). We, the sisters of the Grundy 
County church, seeing we have made the same covenant with 
God in Christ Jesus that the brethren have made, petition An- 
nual Meeting through District Meeting to repeal former de- 
cisions against us and grant as the same privilege in the 
breaking of the bread and passing the cup that the brethren 
enjoy in fulfilling the Word of the Lord. See 1 Cor. 10: 16. 
(By authority of the Grundy County church.) 

(b) We (the Lanark church) petition Annual Meeting 
through District Meeting to honor the sisters by allowing them 
to break bread, using like words of affirmation, and pass the 
cup as the brethren do, believing that a more sacred feeling 
would be felt among the sisters if they could share these privi- 
leges, and that such would be in harmony with the teachings 
of the New Testament. 

(c) Inasmuch as Jesus broke the bread of Communion and 
gave it to his disciples (see Matt. 26: 26, 27; Mark 14:22,23; 
Lake 22: 19, 20), and Paul delivered the same practice to' the 
church at Corinth (see I Cor. 11: 23, 24, 25), would it not be 

at love feasts to break the 

for the sisters, and thus se- 

t and the prac* 



.vho officia 



bread for the brethre 

care uniformity, and restore the order of Chi 
ticeof the primitive church? Ans.— We recommend that 
committee be appointed to investigate the gospel grounds 
and the expediency of the change and report to Annual Meet- 
ing of 1900. 

Ans. — Decided that these papers be referred to a committee 
to report at next Annual Meeting. Committee: D. Havs L 
W. Teeter, I. B. Trout. * * 

Report of the Committee: 

Wo, the undersigned committee, ask to report the lollowlne to-wlt 

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Answe; 

2. We, the Brownsville church, ask Annual Meeting thronzh 
District Meeting to grant us a more satisfactory as well as a 
more scriptural way of electing our ministers; by allowing the 
official part of the church to set forth two or three brethren 
and ask the church which one of these shall be the minister 
Acts 1: 23, 24, 25. 

Ans.— Decided that a committee of five be appointed to con- 
sider this question and report at the next Conference Com- 
mittee: A. H. Puterbaugh, Enoch Eby, H. C. Early' L H 
Dickey, Jesse Stutsman. 

Report of the committee: 



aoce, followed 1 
; present metht 



{.) Let the meetings be opened Id ha 

°^T. f i ,e, L gic 7r r r c8 o , ff t he ?h 8 e auai 

wl.kh Hit c Lured in to <:v,i( ■>{'•■ Hi' <\ inl 
bo elected, and the need of divine help ? 
prayer by the church. 

(a) Proceed with the election accordli 
brother receives all or a majority of all the votes cbbi, "»>"•""■»'- — 

Judges), select hj^to,!-^,;!;.;. ^7^« c^wUhoT^ 
Then the chnrch shall 



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lected. 
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ajorlty 

majority ol 



il nil vote, 1 ;, ,i ),< ilinl I be declared 

all the votes cast, the vole Is to bo repeated ; 
one has a majority of all the votes cast. 

NOTE.— We, your commute. , -no, :',lv f- f M"- H ' thai iM: 

„, II,.: Mlouiu,, lot ycr 1,,'b.c: t.ikUx: Imal action. 

H\ ruTIWBAUGtl, L. H. DlCKBY, JESSE STUTSMAN. 

Answer. — Request granted, 

3. Tbe Mingo church asks Annnal Meeting, through Dis- 
trict Meeting, to recommend that the deacons and all our 
ministers be separated for the work whereunto they have been 
called or chosen, by the laying on of bands in accordance with 
Acts 6: 6 and Acts 13: 2, 3. Paused to Annual Meeting. 

Answer.— Decided that this question be submitted to a com- 
mittee of five, to report to next Annual Meeting, viz, D. Vani- 
man, Geo. A. Snambarger, D. Hays, ]. T. Meyers, Albert Hol- 
linger. 

4. Query from the Missionary and Tract Commit- 
tee— What should be tbe metes and bounds of symposium 
discussions in tbe Gospel Messenger? 

Answer.— We recommend that a committee of three breth- 
ren be appointed to take this matter under consideration and 
report to next Annua! Meeting. Passed. Committee: D. E. 
Price, I. B. Trout, H. C. Early. 

Here are four questions on which it may be ad- 
visable to have symposiums; that is, have two or 
more articles published on each side of a question. 
We shall arrange for these symposiums after this 
manner: Those wishing to write on any of these 
questions will please write us, stating which side 
they will take on a certain question. We will ther 
select two on each side, notify them, and then pub 
lish all of their articles, when ready, in the same 
issue. To illustrate: Take question 3. Say whether 
you are in favor of laying hands on deacons when 
they are installed, or are opposed to it. Of those 
who are opposed we shall select two, and then two 
on the other side, making four. All we need to di 
is to notify those selected to prepare and send i 
their articles. Let those wishing to say something 
on these questions write us at once, so we can 
range for the matter. 



THE OLD HOUSE AT HOME. 

Every member of the church, of a certain age, 
having moved West of the Alleghanies, remembers 
the old churchhouse at home. There is a sacred 
thought connected with everyone of these old 
churches, and often your mind reverts to the old 
spiritual homestead where father and mother wor- 
shiped, where, perhaps, they are lying under the 
summer's greenery, or sheeted in the winter snow. 
There you went to church with them as a child. 
There you heard the old fathers in Israel tell of the 
Redeemer, and there you watched the flies crawl up- 
on the dusty pane, or heard the bluebird whistle his 
roundelay outside, till you nodded in sleep. 

Time has changed you. Your hair is graying, 
your form is not so erect, your eyes not so clear, 
and you are more thoughtful. You are going down 
the hill toward the setting sun. But the old church 
is there as it always was, a little more weather-beat- 
en, a little more in the shade of the trees that have 
grown since you were a child, and you often think 
of the old house at home. You wish you could 
see it. But you see it only in your dreams. 

The Ingktwck is going to do something for you 
that will make all faces brighten and will dim man 
an eye. It is going to show you the old eastern 
churches. It has a picture of every old and new 
church in the far East. They will in turn be re- 
produced in the 'Nook. You will want to see them 
Then order the Inglenook sent to your address 
They will be in the early issues to come. If you 
love the Brotherhood do not neglect to visit, in 
sight and thought, the old house at home. O 
dollar subscription will bring you this feast, and 
throw in more and better reading than you wi.. 
find in some of the pretentious magazines. Attend 
to it this day. 



OUR SATURDAY NIOHT. 
Hard Cider. 

This week we have a picture that is anything but 
pleasant to look upon. Some of our readers will 
turn away from it with a sad heart. It may now 
and then do good to look at some of the dark spots. 
There are some dark spots in the Bible, and there 
are also a few of them in the Brotherhood. A 
widely-known elder has his spirit stirred within 
him, and writes us a letter for publication. We 
withhold his name, and tone down his communica- 
tion just a little. We are glad that the condition to 
which he refers is not found in many localities. 
But here is the letter: 

Our temperance writers and speakers generally 
refer to our church as being the oldest temperance 
society in the country and point with pride to the 
stand taken on the liquor question long ago. This 
is no doubt true and good so far as it goes. But we 
have need to be watchful, and rest not too securely 
on the laurels of our fathers, or the enemy may slip 
up some back way and bring us to shame in our 
boasting. Some years ago when the prohibitory 
amendment to the constitution of this State was 
submitted to the vote of the people, it was indeed 
astonishing — yes, shocking — to know the position 
some of our brethren took on the question. If they 
voted as they talked — and no doubt they did — some 
at least voted in favor of liquor. 

It is a common practice now in some places 
among our Brethren- the oldest temperance society 
in the United States — to store away in the fall of 
the year a couple barrels of cider, which is allowed 
to ferment until it becomes a brain-muddling, 
tangle-foot intoxicant. It now gets the innocent 
name of " hard cider," and not being beer, brandy 
or whiskey, and its use not being regulated by 
license or revenue duty, and no need to go to the 
tavern for it, therefore it is considered no harm to 
drink it. It is brought forward when company 
comes — even on Sunday after meeting. The boys 
have free access to it and when neighbor boys come 
some of it is taken to the barn and there they have 
a "good time"(?). This custom is found in the 
homes of some good orthodox members who are 
very zealous for our distinctive principles. 

A few years ago I was called upon to accompany 
a brother to pay a " pastoral visit " to an old broth- 
er who for some reasons had ceased coming to 
meetings. He was found in his "wine room," 
With barrels of wine all around, some on top of 
others, the conversation was started. First a glass 
of wine was proffered. It was refused. " Drink, it 
won't hurt you," was urged. Why have you given 
up coming to meetings? was asked. He gave vent 
to his pent-up feelings in a manner that can not be 
put on paper. " The church is getting too proud. 
They built that house in town just for pride, 
Brother is getting so proud he can't preach." 

I want, in this connection, to enter an earnest 
protest against our Brethren having any intoxicat- 
ing drink about the house. Milk and water are the 
only drink that a kind heaven gave to us and are 
good for everything that lives or grows. And they 
are sufficient for every need of joy, comfort and 
health. Drunkenness is a heaven-insulting, hell- 
deserving sin, and persons once caught in its vortex 
hardly ever get out. To create and feed the ap- 
petite for strong drink is the woflt of the devil. 
And if parents at home— the most sacred spot on 
earth— give to their children any beverage that 
leads them to the drinking habit, they are guilty as 
the one who is selling it behind the green screen of 
the accursed saloon. 

Now do not write and ask us who wrote this 
letter, but look around and see what can be done to 
remedy evils of this character. This same evil is 
found in most of the denominations, but probably 
to a less extent in the Brethren church than in any 
other. There are places where the first principles 
of the Gospel on temperance are needed, and we 
should not hesitate about carrying the principles to 
the right place. 



Jan. 26, igox. 

General Missionary 

...Tract Department. 

COMMITTEE. 

D. L.MILL1«. Illinois. I S. F. SAHGIR, Indiana 

L. W. Tains. Indiana j A. B. Bakwhakt, - Md 

John Zdck, - lows. 



THE GOSPEL Ifc^IESSIEIIsra-IEIR,. 



Special Notice. — The next 
leeting of the General Missiona- 
id Tract Committee will be held in Elgin, 
III., on Tuesday, Feb. 5, 1901, beginning at 8 
A.M. Business to come before this meeting 
should be in the office of the Committee not 
later than Jan. 24, and it is hoped that all per- 
sons intending to present any matter will do so 
promptly. 

PREPARATION FOR MISSIONARY 
WORK— HOW ? 

This is a busy world, and he who has enough 
of ambition about him to be enthused with a 
desire to do missionary work sometime will 
likely have ingenuity enough to accomplish 
his purpose successfully. Where there is a 
will there is a way. 

However, to get the most oat of this prepa- 
ration, allow the following suggestions to be 
considered carefully: 

In reading or study, have a time set apart 
in each day when this work is to be done. 
Then plan a little so that nothing interferes. 
The reader may be a farmer. He comes in 
from doing his day's work and at this time of 
the year from the influence of being out in the 
cold, he becomes sleepy soon after the even- 
ing meal, and so cannot study, Do not be 
discouraged; neither fight the demands of the 
physical body when it wants rest. Let it rest, 
and in the morning hour, when the body is 
fresh and the mind free, spend an hour in 
careful study and see what a grand result will 
come. As a rule the day's work does not be- 
gin so early, but that an hour earlier will do 
the body no harm and will do the soul that 
pores over its Bible and missionary biography 
much good, For the sake of lost souls, over- 
come the disposition to "lie in bed in the 
soothing morning hour" and the reward for 
your sacrifice^) will be great in treasures of 
knowledge and praises to your God. 

Read carefully. Make notes of good points, 
even if the notes be not saved. The writing 
of them will fix them in the mind. When a 
book has been completed, write down just 
what you think of the life, its labors, and the 
results. Express indirectly how much good 
the reading of the book has done yourself, 
and in this way crystallize the information 
gathered and fix it properly in the mind. One 
may think he knows all about a life like Jo- 
seph of the Bible which is so often told. But 
let him undertake to write it down so that 
others may criticise it, and he finds there are 
a great many things he thought he knew that 
after all he did not know. 

After the writing, it might not be amiss to 
send what you have written,— if you are a 
member of the Reading Circle— to yonr secre- 
tary. She will be interested in what you have 
done, and may have use for what you have to 
sa y. Or, send it to the Messenger and see 
if it does not find its way to the Missionary 
page. The reading will fill you with good 
thoughts and writing will fix them in your 
mind, 

But still you are not a minister, and so have 
no use for your work. In this you are mis- 
taken, There are Sunday-school meetings, 
missionary meetings and prayer meetings, all 
of which offer more or less opportunity to 
apeak on the themes that burn within the 
soul. Some of the missionaries on the field 
to-day when in school read their essays on 
a's, that, or the other missionary biography 
at the societies in the schools they attended, 
and they were always listened to with eager- 
ness. ■ Fill up, and there will be plenty of 
avenues through; which,: if you are judicious, 



you can express yourself freely and be heard 
gladly. 

And then, when in God's own good time he 
is seeking a well-prepared man for some 
special work, the way will open to call whom- 
soever he finds prepared to do the work. 

May there be here and there over the Broth- 
erhood many unknown to all but themselves 
and their God, who in a quiet way are prepar- 
ing for the great mission work which the 
church now has before her, 

SOUTHEAST MISSOURI MISSION WORK 
FOR 1900. 



Much has been written of missions— their 
work and workers, the rough and the smooth, 
the sorrow and the joy, the sunshine and the 
clouds— and if I were to go into detail it would 
be the old, old story vibrating from like chords 
touched by the same unseen hand that led 
Abraham into a " land of strangers," and sure 
enough the South is " a strange land." The 
great bulk of preachers become "all things to 
all men," but the winning is on the wrong side. 
Some have tried to use circumstances to force 
us into fellowship with their unholy life, but 
our motto, " Watch and Pray," is our shield. 

The work of 1900 was to advance one minis- 
ter, elect two deacons, organize one church, 
add seventeen by baptism, two reclaimed, 
three disowned; preached 190 sermons; vii 
160. families; traveled 3,220 miles by rail; by 
private conveyance, 1,274; spent 210 days in 
the work. The deep emotions of our heart are 
known best to those who know us and our field. 

I often wish that those who are enjoying so 
many of the comforts of this life could be by 
my side as we sit by the old-fashioned fire- 
place in the well-ventilated log cabins and bo: 
houses, telling the story of the cross to som 
that are hungry, others fed on half rations an> 
others so full of false doctrine that there is n 
room for the true, then they would be partly 
repaid for their liberal contributions to mi: 

Leaving igoo and stepping into the new 
tury, we already thank God for two that have 
said they want to be baptized into Christ, 
cherish warm feelings of gratitude to all 
cerned in mission work, and to our heavenly 
Father throogh Jesus our Savior and the Spi 
of truth given us. 

Poplar Bluff, Mo .Jan. 7, 

WHAT WOULD JESUS SAY? 



The Commissioner of Education says much 
good may be done in Porto Rico. That the 
Porto Ricans need the refining, elevating, 
life-giving Gospel no one denies. That we are 
obligated to them no intelligent Christian will 
dispute, for is not all power debtor to all weak- 
ness? Shall we not do good wherever we cani 
We can do them good if we will. We can 
give them that which they moat need. 

The opportunity which we love to regard as 
a call is here. How shall we answer it, reject 
it or heed it? We can give them the Gospel 
or we can refuse to give it to them. We may 
act the part of the good Samaritan or pass by 
on the other side like the priest and Levite. 
Dear reader, which course shall we take? 
What would Jesus say about it? Think it over 
till next week. 

Octa-via, Nebr. 

A dear old brother in a sister State begins 
the new century by sending in $3,000 for 
World-wide endowment. About two years ago 
he had given $1,000' for the same purpose and 
received a contract for annuity therefrom dur- 
ing life. So satisfactory has been the Commit- 
tee's service in this matter that now, without 
any solicitation whatever, he sends the above 
amount. While the dear old brother's years 
will be few at most, yet they are full of good 
works, as is evidenced not only by this act but 
by others of which the world knows nothing. 

Thbrb comes a wall of anguish 



It pleads 



ielp. C 



Those far-oS heathen nations 
Who alt in darkest night, 

Mow stretch their bands irnplorini 
And cry tons lor light. 



According to Pearson's Magazine, the con- 
version of one native Chinese costs about $450. 
Fifty years of missionary work on the part of 
the Protestant churches has resulted in the con- 
version of about 6o,coo Chinese at an annual 
outlay of $2,000,000, necessary to maintain the 
thousand missionaries so employed. The 
Roman Catholics lay claim to nearly 200,000 
converts, but this number seems a trifle large. 
This preponderance of Catholics is due to a 
treaty negotiated by the French government 
by which Roman Catholic dignitaries rank 
equal with mandarins, governors of provinces, 
and other Chinese officials. While this doen 
not bestow temporal power upon the clergy, it 
lends great dignity to them in the eyes of the 
office- worshiping natives. 

A certain devoted brother writes and says 
their elder is opposed to missions and does all 
he can against them. How can he be reached? 
The brother desired to send the Messenger, 
one year to him with a hope of leading him to 
a better light in that way; but he refuses to 
take the paper out of the office. These lines 
will not reach him, neither has anyone yet found 
the avenue to his heart. It is to be hoped he 
will not persist in such a course always; for if 
he persists in not knowing the will of the Lord 
and not doing it, he may be given over to a 
worse fate indeed, While there is no doubt 
such are sincere in the positions they take, 
they stand in their own light, and their sinceri- 
ty will not save them. 

The respect shown to women by missiona- 
ries often causes great surprise among the peo- 
ple to whom they go. A missionary in West 
Africa, while passing through a tribe in the in 
terior, was sitting one day with his wife upon s 
log, and was cutting slices of pineapple, hand- 
ing occasionally a slice to her. The heathen 
women standing about were greatly surprised 
at such attention, and one sprang forward f: 
the crowd, saying to the missionary, " I want 
to marry you." " But," said be, " I have a wifi 
and she is sitting by my side." " Yes," wai 
the answer, " but I will sit on the other side."— 
A.B, Almanac for iqoi . 



Financial Reports. 



Report of Chicago Mission. 



Baku 



(10! 



Ellen Kiiutlmao. Einoia, Ind 

L. H. Eby. Mound City. Mo. 

Chapman church, pet J. F. Hani*. Abilene, 

Kans 

East KlDgslcy church, per W. C. Lehman, Pieraoo 

Iowa 

Mt. Carroll church, per Noah Blough, Mt. Carroll, 

Panther Creek church, per U. S. Eby. Adei. Iowa, 
Silver Creek church, per W. H. Gsffio, Leaf Riv- 
er, 111 

Cerrogordo church, III., per J. J. Shtvely 

Maria Veater, Ashland, Ohio 

Pleaaaot Valley S. S-, per Geo. S. Sherck. Middle- 
Yellow Creek church, per S. R. Richard, Pearl 

City. HI 37 35 

Donation j5 

New Hope church, per A. B. Llchtenwaltor. Neu- 

Cherry Grove church, per I. R. Voung, Lanark, 

III 11 So 

Children ol Bethel district, per J. B. Nefl. Mlllord, 

Ind 3 15 

Ruth and Mcrtle Sadler. York. Minn 100 

Lydia Staufler's S. S. class, per Hettle Staufrer, 
Pitsburg. Ohio (special for Christmas, to 
furnish clothing where needed) 13 go 

Young People's Missionary and Temperance So- 
ciety. Huntingdon, Pa.. Anna Z. Deiwller. . 4 so 
Chlldien of H. Royer'sS. S. class, Amelia, Iowa, 

Maud Lewis t 35 

RosaStlnlker 1 as 

Edna Koyer 1 as 

Fawn Weaver, Mt. Morris, 111., 15 

Esther Baldwin, Mt. Morris. Ill 05 

Mrs. Amy Huffman, Mt.Zlon, Ind i'oo 

MonticelloS. S.. per Albert Hibner. Mootlcello. 

Ind. 3 SS 

Industrial School (special Christmas ofTeriog), 7 82 

Lizzie V. Miller's S, S. class, Rocktord. Nebr., . . 8 00 

Industrial School 12 oa 

Unknown 2 $7 

Total US* U 

Living 31 fii 

Industrial work 3 38 

Fneirand light 4 IS 

Loan 7 00 

Incidentals, including express charges on pack- 
age 4 08 

Christmas dfstrlbrjtfoD 23 is 

Total S84 n 

Balance on hand ?o 43 

* Susie Pornby, 

660 S. Ashland Ave, Chicago. 



-DAILY BREAD' 

Sunday, Jan. 37.-" Cast thy burden apon 
the Lord, and he shall sustain thee." Psa. 55: 
22. There is not a soul living to whom this is 
not a message, for every one has his burden to 
bear. As from the windows of your own soul 
you look out upon the lives of others, think not 
that they are free. Each one has a burden, 
and most persons are carrying such a load 
that were you to exchange for a day you would 
be only too glad to exchange back. But how 
blessed to know that he who assigns us our 
burdens for some wise purpose also gives 
grace and strength to bear them,—" sustain " 
us in bearing them, 

Monday, Jan. 28.—" Circumcision is noth- 
ing, and uncircuracision is nothing, but the 
keeping of the commandments of God." 1 
Cor. 7: 19, Beware, then, ye who trust in 
works of ileshl They avail nothing before the 
throne. They are but a means to an end. 
Ordinances are proper, faith is proper, observ- 
ing commandments is proper,— but when all is 
said and done, be who has disciplined himself 
through these rites, ordinances, and com- 
mandments so that his will is fully in subjec- 
tion to the will of God hath attained the re- 
quirements of God. 

Tuesday, Jan. 29.—" As we have 
opportunity, let us do good unto all." Gal, 6: 
10. Love is behind every really kind act done 
in the world, and what a demand there is for 
its gentle ministry. All through the world on 
every hand there is sorrow and sadness, and 
opportunity is always present when we may 
give a helping hand to the distressed. How 
sad to know that many pass through the world 
with cold hearts and folded hands and are not 
hi.lpinj,; those In real need. 

Wednesday, Jan. 30.— "The Lord aeeth 
not as man seeth; for man looketh not on the 
outward appearance, but the Lord looketh on 
the heart," 1 Sam. 16: 7. While the outside is 
all that anyone has to go by, he is so apt to be 
mistaken in his judgment of others by it that 
he is plainly instructed not to judge others. 
Yet how often are we guilty in judging the 
hearts of others by their outward appearance. 
What a blessed world it would be if every one 
would be more concerned about his own heart 
and less concerned about other people's deeds, 

Thursday, Jan. 31. — " Whatsoever God 
hath said unto thee, do." Gen. 31:16. Is 
there anything in your life left undone that the 
Master has told you to do? Have you sought 
the lost of the world as he has directed you? 
Are you leading those around you to Christ by 
the holy walk of your own daily life? Is the 
burden of your prayer, "Thy will be done in 
earth as it is in heaven," and do you seek to do 
this will yourself first before asking others? 
Remember, that whatsoever the Lord saitb 
unto you, do it, and do it well as in bis fear. 

Prlday, Feb. f.— "Let patience have her 
perfect work, that ye may be perfect and en- 
tire, wanting nothing." James 1:4. There is 
a way of looking at trials in this life that ena- 
bles each one to get a great good out of them. 
No matter how small they are or how fast they 
come, just look upon them as a part of life's 
great work to be patiently endured, and they 
can be borne with ease and composure, and a 
great blessing come therefrom, Thus is per- 
fection attained. 

Saturday, Feb. a. — "Noah went . . . 
into the ark, . . . and the Lord shut him 
in." Gen. 7: 7, 16. It is left for man to go into 
the ark if he desires— this is his free will to do 
as he pleases. But when he goes into the ark 
and the Lord shuts the door there is nothing 
that can harm him, for God is on guard and 
his watchful eye never sleeps and his strong 
arm is able to protect forever. Blessed, thrice 
blessed, are they who are " shut in," 

^^ 
The religion of Jesus Christ is a missionary 
religion. The work and example of its Found- 
er destined it to be such; its early spirit was 
missionary, and its history is a missionary his- 
tory. Whenever it has lost Its missionary 
quality, it has so far lost its character and 
ceased to be itself. Its characteristic temper 
has always been missionary, its revivals of life 
and power have been attended by quickening 
of missionary energy, and missionary activity 
is one of the truest signs of loyalty to its char- 
acter and its Lord— Clarke, A Study of Chris- 
tian Missions. 




ARKANSAS. 

-Dec. 30 our elder, J 



, H. Neher, 
iods, at the 
northeast of 



Carlisle 

Stouber schoolbouse, three mileB 
Lonoke. Bro. Neher preached (or one week 
and his sermons are highly spoken of by the 
people.—//. /. Buec/tley.Jan. if. 

Turnmore.— We met in council Jan. 5. We 
agreed to have our Communion services July 
6, if we don't get the District Meeting, If we 
do, it will be carried over till the District 
Meeting.— G, W, Jiicketts, Curtis, Ark. t Jan. 

J ' CALIFORNIA. 

Egan church met in regular council Jan. 4, 
with Bro. I. M. Gibbel presiding. The usual 
business waB pleasantly transacted. Our Com- 
munion will be Feb. 23, meeting beginning at 
S P. M.; a series of meetings to follow immedi- 
ately after, to continue an indefinite length of 
time. There are but few members al this 
place. All are heartily invited to come and 
help. Our last term of Sunday-school officers 
were all re-elected for another term of six 
months. The average attendance for the past 
year was twenty-seven and eight-tenths; col- 
lection the last term, over eight dollars. 
Southern California is at this writing enjoying 
a most glorious rain.— Mary Voder, Hetnet, 
Cat., Jan, 8. 

Lordsburg- —Quite a number of Brethren 
and sisters have recently located here, some 
permanently and others only to spend the 
winter. Among those now spending the win 
ter are Bro. Jos. Amick, wife and daughter, of 
Elgin, 111. Bro. Amick preached in the Col- 
lege chapel last Sunday evening. Monday 
evening, Jan. 7. >he church met in quarterly 
council. The attendance was good and con- 
siderable business came before the meeting, 
which was disposed of very satisfactorily.— 
Mrs. J. W. Ciine, Jan. 12. 

COLORADO. 

Rocky Ford.— In connection with my note 
of Jan. I I will say that the church at this place, 
assembled in council Jan. 12 for the purpose 
of hearing the report of solicitors and loca 
ing committee, thought it advisable to build 
meetinghouse. Our members and friends d: 
exceedingly well, although most of the men 



ber: 



We 



be pleased to welcome more faithful members 
in our midst. Those wishing information can 
gel same by addressing me with stamp.— A. 
H, Hamm,Jan, 12. 

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA. 
Washington.— Our quarterly council was 
held Jan. 14. Eld. S. H. Utz, of New Market, 
Md„ and Bro. S. O. Larkins, of Baltimore, 
were present to assist us in holding an election, 
The business which came before the meeting 
was disposed of in love and union, One letter 
was granted. Bro. J. H. Hollinger was elected 
to the deacon's office. It was also decided to 
have Bro. J. A. Garber advanced to the second 
degree of the ministry, but owing to the ab- 
sence of his wife it was deferred to our Thurs- 
day evening prayer meeting. We omitted in 
our last report to mention the visit of Bro. L. 
Fiegbtner, of Mansfield, Ohio, who gave us 
Dec. 23. Our 



THE GOSPEL 



ft yesterday for the mission field.— Frankt 

'yen, Lanark, lit., Jan, 13. 

Oakley.— Our quarterly meeting was he 
Dec. 27. The meeting was indeed a pleasa 
Sunday school was reorganized wi 
brethren W. T. Heckman and D. D. Blicke 
staff as superintendents. Nine letters of met 
bcrship were granted and among those we lo 



ayEESSEIsTGE^. 

meetings al the Hillgrove ho' 
W. No f singer, Jan. 12. 

IOWA. 
Boon River.— Since oar 



< 



.11 



Sunday-school workers. A special council wa- 
ppointed for Jan. 10 for the purpose of elect 
!ig one minister. To-day 

in electing Bro. W. T. Heel 



ln-d 



Elde 



lhr< 



diffc 



charche 
and wil 



lling to laboi 
th more zeal than in the 
WesUrgren, 401 Eleventh 



two interesting sen 

united band of work 

for the Master witfc 

past. — Car 

St., S.E.Jan. 18. 

ILLINOIS. 
Batavla.— We have just closed an interest- 
ing series of meetings, conducted by Bro. Van- 
Dyke, of Nebraska. One has promised to 

come back to the fold. We have reorganized 
our Sunday school by electing Sister Emma 
Netzley superintendent. — Carrie Barkdoll, 
Warrenhurst, III., Jan. 15. 

Cherry Orove.— Bro. Loomis, of New Phil- 
adelphia, Ohio, began a series of meetings 
Dec. 11. The Word of the Lord was present 
ed in a manner that edified and built up tb< 
church. The unsaved were plainly and forcibly 
taught the error of their way. The meetings 
were well attended and interesting to the close, 
which was Jan. 2. Two precious souls were 
added to the church. Bro. Geo. B. Holsingei 
gave our people a term of singing about one 
year ago. His work was so much appreciated 
that be is wanted and will conduct anothei 
class for us in the near future. C. P. Rowland 



;re present and Bro. Heckman 

;re duly installed. The meeting was very 

ipressive ,—Mattie E. Btickcnstaff.Jan, 10. 

IDAHO. 
Nezperce.— This congregation met in quar- 
rly council Jan. 5, Eld. Stephen Johnson pre- 
iing. There was considerable business 
ansacted. New officers were elected for the 
coming year. Sunday school was organized, 
hich will commence as soon as the new 
church is completed, which will be in a short 
■ne.—Melvin Johnson, Jan. ij. 

INDIANA. 
Arcadia.— Our last council meeting was held 
Jan. 5 and passed off pleasantly. One was re- 
claimed. Our Sunday school is progressing 
nicely this winter.— Sarah /Cinder, Jan. 12. 

Bear Creek.— Jan. 12 Bro. John D. Mish- 
lcr and wife, fron Collamer, Ind,, came and 
staid over Sunday. He preached three inter- 
esting sermons while here. We have Sunday 
school every Sunday morning. — Elizabeth 
Grafmiler, Portland, Ind., Jan. is. 

Beaver Creek.— Bro. Otho Winger, of Nortb 
Manchester, hid., came to us Dec. 15 and be- 
gan a series of meetings, holding until Jan. 6. 
Bro. Winger held forth the Word in its primi- 
tive purity, and as a result six were added to 
the fold. We feel greatly encouraged at this 
place.— Cora M. Hahn, Lakeside, Ind., Jan. 11. 
Ooshen.— Our Bible meeting in the Goshen 
churchhouse on Feb. 4 will be made free as 
near as we possibly can. We extend an invi- 
tation to all our ministers and Sunday-school 
teachers and all who di 
God's Word. We hope we may have a full 
attendance and a good meeting.—/. L. Berkey, 
Jan. 19. 

North Manchester. 
school and the series 1 
lege are in progress 1 
Parker commenced the 
four excellent sermons, 
came to continue, and we are in the midst 

Missionary Day, which was very profitable 
interesting. Jan 14 was Ministerial Day. 
large ministerial band was present, Jan, 21 
be Educational Day. Jan. 15 four precious 
souls came out on the Lord's side,— Mary E. 
Neher, Jan. 14. 

Osceola. — The Brethren of the Osceola 
church expect to begin a series of meetings 

e Osceola church, one-half mile east of 

jceola, Jan. 26. Bro. Aaron I. Mow will be 

th us to do the preaching. Thi 
stop near the door and we offer ; 

e and assist in the Lord's work. — 
Edgar Mock, Elkhart, Ind., Jan. 16. 

Prairie Creek chorch has just closed a se- 
ries of meetings at her Pleasant Grove house, 
commencing Dec. 31, continuing two weeks, 
closing Sunday, Jan. 13. Lewis Huffman, of 
the home church, did the preaching. There 
were no accessions, yet we feel that the good 
seed has fallen on good ground. We were 
much strengthened by the truths that were 
presented. —John Minnich, Ml. Zion, Ind,, 



-The special Bibl< 
meetings at the Col 
)w. Jan 5 Bro. I. D. 
aeetings and preached 
Then Bro. I. B. Tront 



nth 



ved 



Bro. S. A. Honbergei 



.cb for this church the third Sunday of 
each month, by the instruction of the District 
Board. Oar Sunday school was re- 
organized Jan. 6. Sister Lydia H. Frantz was 
uperintendent; J. F, Hoak assistant, 
a very interesting evergreen Sunday 
xhool. Our elder, O. J. Beaver, has promised 
'e ns a Bible meeting sometime this win- 
G. D. Aschenbrenner, Stilson, Iowa, Jan. 



Deep River.— Bro. John Diehl, of Ca 
Iowa, came to us Saturday, Jan. 5, 



had 



>■ 



nforth, 



\\ In! 



the larg 



: to the childn 

scholars each 1 

ssionary purposes. ] 



Jan. 26, 1901, 

1 and a number of 
vest 



Jax 

Tippecanoe church closed a seri 
ngs last night. Bro. H. H. Brallit 



s of m 
,of Pie 



Ind., 



Dec. 27 ; 



lined 



until Dec. 31. Dec. 29 Bro. Levi Stoneburner 
of Warsaw, came and remained until Jan. 13 
We had good meetings, but no accessions.— 
Daniel Rothenberger, North Webster, Ind, 



on Moss began 
liDgof Dec. 26 and 
ivering twenty-one 



Union City.— Bro, 

preaching for us on t 

very instructive serin 
who would make influential Christian 1 
were very near the kingdom. Wbil 
were added to the chnrch we feel that the 
church was much strengthened by Bro. Moss 
Bro. Daniel Garver began a series ol 



congregations were not large, good atten- 

was paid. Bro. Diehl is a young man full 

of the spirit of Christ, and we were made glad 

wife to help in singing and prayer. 

ade to renew our energies. — G. W, 

Hop-wood, Jan. 14. 

Franklin County.— We convened in quar- 
terly council Jan. 6, with a good attendance. 
Much business was disposed of most pleasant- 
/e are arranging lo hold a series of meet- 
1 the near future. Two members were 
ed by letter and we expect others in the 
[. Since our last report Bro. Wm, H, 
Pyle was ordained bishop. Brethren J. Roth- 
ck and Harvey W. Allen were advanced to 
e second degree of the ministry. Three 
:acons were chosen.— Wm, H. Allen, Hamp- 
n, Iowa, Jan. 16. 

Middle Creek.— Our meetings closed Jan. 6. 
The attendance was small on account of sick- 

Bro. Wolf took up the subject of baptism Sun- 
day, at 11 A. M. This subject was handled in 
piritual and masterful manner, and 
rer was better order or attention. 
Our brother's labors are much appreciated. — 
Jennie Alexander, New Sharon, Iowa, Jan. q. 

Panora.— Jan. 6 Eld. F. M. Wheeler, of 
Marshalltown, closed a two weeks' meeting at 
the Panora house, Coon River congregation, 
Iowa, with three applicants for baptism and 
the church much revived. Bro. Wheeler's 
apt illustrations and forcible applications 
make his preaching very edifying, — /. D, 
Hau%htelin,Jc 

Silver Lake.— Jan, 1 we met in quarterly 
council. Not a great deal of business ca 
before the meeting. It was disposed of 
Christian love. It was decided that the chui 
should make choice of an elder at our n> 
regular conncil, as we are without an el( 
since Bro, Hilary has left us. Bro. M. H. 
Rensberger was chosen agent for the Messen- 
ger. The evergreen link of our Sunday 
school was broken by the last two Sundays in 
the year being so stormy that no one came. — 
—A', D. Metz, Lakepark, Iowa, Jan, II. 

Webb.— Dec, 30 I commenced meetings 
near Webb, Iowa, in a storm— it was a blizzard 
that evening and no meeting, — bat belt 

eather and growing attendance and intere: 
Only one member there, but others Hvir 
twelve and one-half miles away drove the: 
regularly and thus inspired the meetings and 
especially the speaker. The Brethren nev 
had meeting there before, but the house w 
filled to its utmost capacity the last meeting 
/. D. Haughtelin, Panora, Iowa, Jan. 9. 
KANSAS. 

Burr Oak.— Dec. 29 we met in quartei 
conncil. The day following we reorganiz 
onr Sunday school for another six mont; 
which resulted in re-electing Bro, J. F. Bell 
superintendent and Bro. John Ernst assistant, 
Bro. Haugh, of McPherson, is with us con- 
ducting a singing class. We all feel that we 
have derived much benefit from his instruc- 
tion.— Emma J. Modlin, Jan. 2. 

Monltor.-We met in quarterly council Jan. 
5. Elders A. M. Dickey and S. J. Miller, of 
McPherson, and Weddle, of Dunlap, were 
present. Eld. Dickey officiated. Cbnsider- 
able business was disposed of. Brethren J. J 
d M. J. Mishler were advanced to the 



30 they t 
to $30.47- Of 
was sent to assist in building a 
churchhouse at Rocky Ford, Colo., ten to the 
Chicago mission, and the balance to home 
mission. The school decided to ose thecollec- 
of the primary and intermediate classes 
ission purposes. A small collection of part 
of last quarter was sent to the India orphan- 
age.— Z>0>"a Ardinger, Inman, Kans.,Jan. 10. 

Neck City.— I commenced meetings here at 
"Sunnyside" schoolhouse Jan. 6. There are 
only a few members here, but they are very 
active. This is one of the many mining camps 
of Jasper County, Missouri, and consequently 
much that is evil exits. Everything is huny 
and bustle. The attendance at onr services ii 
good; also behavior and attention. The 
weather is all that can be desired, with excel- 
lent piked roads. The young people are also 
lending us much assistance by excellent sing- 
ing. One has made the good start heaven- 
ward and we believe others will follow. We 
are glad that we can say that the members 
living here have the entire respect and confi- 
dence of the town and country, thus making it 
easier work, and the prospects are much more 
encouraging. — W. H. Miller, Westphalia, 
Kans., Jan. ij. 

Ottawa.— The church at this place met in 
special conncil Jan. 12. All business was sat- 
isfactorly disposed of. Two letters were 
granted. — May Eshleman,Jan, 13. 
niQHIQAN. ' 
Bear Lake.— The church at this place met 
in quarterly council Jan. 5, it being the 
first regular council for some time. Things 
passed off smoothly. Bro. Isaac Rarick, elder 
charge, tendered his resignation. Bro. 
Samuel Younce, who recently moved here 
from Indiana, was chosen to take bis place. 
The cause has been somewhat neglected on 
account of the absence of the minister, but it 
is brightening now. We have church every 
Sabbath. Five have recently been received 
by letter and two by baptism. One waa bap- 
tized at about eleven o'clock at night. Others 
seem much concerned about their soul's sal- 
vation. — Harriet Browning, Clarion, Mich., 
Jan. 12, 

Beaverton.— Jan. 4 brethren Joseph Sher- 
rick and David Soars, of the North Star 



Yodei 
eldership. We d 

officers were chosen for th 
Miller, of Booth, Kans., wa 
elde 



hold our lo 



De 



feast 
iP.M, Church 
year. Bro. A. F. 
chosen presiding 
>ur letters of membership 
• 30 we reorganized our Sunday 
th J. W. Mishler superintendent 
Last spring the 



church, Gr; 

meetings w 
with good ii 



Co., Mich., 
iermons, clo; 



to 



The 



nch appreciated and closed 
. We hope tbey will come 
future. We would be glad 
: ministering brethren come 
. — Enos Crcwell, Jan, 14, 



to have any of th 
and preach for u: 

MISSOURI. 

Falrvlew church met in council Jan. 12. 
One sister was reclaimed, foor were received 
by letter and four letters granted. Decided 
to hold a series of meetings, commencing Jan. 
26 by the home minister, Sunday school at 
10 A.M., with afterwards a very interesting 
sermon by oar elder, J. B. Hylton.— Lisena 
Hylton, Olathe, Mo., Jan. 16. 

Smith Grove.— Bro. Samuel Bollinger, of 
Centerview, Mo., recently held a series of 
meetings for as. He preached two weeks, 
and altogether it was the best meeting we 
have ever enjoyed at this place. At times the 
house would not hold the multitude, and the 
interest and attention were of the best.— R. S. 
Thompson, Jan. 18. 

Warrensburg Learning that John Bow- 
man, an aged deacon, was confined to his 
bed, I called on him and found him sufferiog 
with a form of erysipelas, and other troubles. 
He wishes it stated that bis health will not 



relativ 
taking 
tend 



to answer the letters received from 
d old friends. Two of his sons are 
of him. He is rarely able to at- 
-Jesse Mohtcr, Jan. 17. 
NEBRASKA. 

Cambridge The neat little charcb, 28 x 4° 

feet, twelve miles north of Cambridge, was 
dedicated Jan. 6. The house was well filled 
with eager listeners. The meeting is continu- 
ing with marked effect in more than one way. 
The people are dedicating their hearts and 
lives to God's service more and more. Though 
mercury registers ten below zero at times, the 
congregations are good. Some are much e** 
cited because the little body of believers here, 
with their loving leader, Bro. George Mishler, 
are holding the gospel light so higb that they 
can see from a distance. For once in our !■«■ 



Jan. 26, 1901. 



THE GOSPEL MZESSIELTsTQ-IEIR. 



if the "Lord will," we want to stay till noi 
can say we closed the meeting too soon. ev< 
if it takes all winter.—/. E. Young, Jan. 16. 

Elmwood.— My obsetvations have bd 
that the weekly visits of the Messenger 
mission fields have done an amount of good 
that can not be figured with dollars and cen 
in keeping the members faithful and loyal 
God and the church 



had 



xcelle 



h.llu 



thei 



children.- Jesse Y. Heckler, Jan. 17. 
NORTH DAKOTA. 

White Rock. — Our quarterly counci 
corred Dec. 8. The business before the r 
ing passed off pleasantly. One was rece 
by letter since our last report. We decided to 
hold a members' meeting every two weeks 
during the winter months. At our Thanks- 
giving meeting an offering was taken, and we 
decided to use the same to help our ministers 
to some bookfl.— Daniel Gensinger, Towner, 
N Dak.Jan. 11. 

OHIO. 

Ash Grove.— Bro. Henry Baker, of Baker, 
Ohio, came to us Dec, 22 and continued meet- 
ings until the evening of Jan. 6, preaching 
twenty-one sermons to attentive congregat 
We bad very good attendance daring these 
meetings. The church was encouraged. Sin- 
ners were warned. — F. P. Cordier, Celma, 
Ohio, Jan. 11. 

Oreensprlng.— Dec. 31, in company with 
some of the brethren, Bro. S. P. Berkeybile 
left this place to attend the missionary meeting 
at Bellefontaine. Jan. 2 we were made glad 
to hear that he would be at the church in tht 
evening to commence meeting again. Meet 
ing continued another week. Two more wert 
tired of sin and accepted Christ, Jan. 3 wt 
met in council. Elders L, H. Dickey and Jame: 
Deery were with us. Considerable work wa: 
before the meeting. Last Sunday new Sun 
day-school officers were elected. Our school 
continues through the winter with good attend- 
ance and interest. In the evening before song 
service and preaching we met to organize 2 
social meeting to be held every Sunday night 
-Annie W. Light, Old Fort, Ohio, Jan. 11. 

OKLAHOHA TERRITORY. 

Bethany. — We met in regular quarterly 
council Jan. 5. Everything passed off 
Christian spirit. Onr elder, Bro. Samuel 
Edgecomb, presided. Again we are e 
happy to realize that the Lord has prospered 
us. Two letters were received and two grant 
ed.— /. L. Teeter, Terlton, Okla.,Jan. 13. 

Gushing. — Our meetings in Cushing will 
close to-night. So far, three applicants 
baptism. The ministers have given up oj 
count of la grippe. We have had five dis 
earthquakes in this vicinity within the last 
thirty days. The first one caused people to 
run from their houses and into the streets. 
The last one was last evening. The occur- 
rences are causing some comments. We are 
living quietly in town now, as the saloons have 
been closed.— A. W. Austin, Jan. 13. 

Oak Grove.— We met in quarterly council 
Jan. 12. Our elder, Bro. Edgecomb, being ab- 
sent, Bro. S. S. Redmon acted as moderator. 
All business was disposed of pleasantly. Four 
letters were granted.— Calista Redmon, Daven- 
port, Okla.Jan, 18. 

PENNSYLVANIA. 

Bakers Summit.— Dec. 30 Bro. B. F. Mas- 
tersoo, of Inglewood, Cal., came to ns, and 
preached nearly two weeks at the Holsinger 
meetinghouse. As a result ten were made 
willing to unite with the church. We believe 
others are seriously counting the cost. The 
members of this congregation have also re- 
ceived much spiritual strength.— Barbara S. 
Holsinger, Jan. 14. 

Camp around.— For the past four months 
the Messenger has been onr preacher, Sun- 
day-school teacher and prayer meeting leader, 
as we are twenty miles distant from any 
Brethren church, the nearest being in the city 
of Philadelphia. Being deprived of church 
Privileges does not lessen our desire to help 
wth our means, and as the Lord prospers us 

<• give to his work. We encourage system- 
atic giving. The general improvement of 
>he Messenger i 9 appreciated, and it shonld 
t>e m every family of the Brethren.-/^ and 
Ella Webster, Jan. 13. 

Everett—After assisting Eld. J. K. Miller 

conducting an interesting Bible term in the 
Woodbury church, I commenced a series of 
meetmgs Dec. 30 in the Holsinger church- 



house. Closed Jan. 12 with baptism services 
where ten were added to the chnrch. Thi: 
churchhouse is the old landmark where the 
forefathers of H. R. Holsinger worshiped; and 
the home where he was born and reared i 
not half a mile from this church. Not ove 
two miles away lives Bro. Daniel Holsinger (; 
deacon) on whom I called, who is approaching 
his ninety-sixth milestone. He is still qnit< 
conversant and well-informed, has been 1 
reader of the Brethren's publications from thi 
beginning up to three years ago when his 
eyesight failed and he laments much that he 
cannot read the Gospel Messenger. Eld. 
John L. Holsinger has oversight of Woodbury 
church. At this writing I am again engaged 
with Eld. J. K. Miller in Bible work with the 
Brethren at Everett.— B. F. Masterson, Jan. 15. 

Oeorge's Creek.— Bro. Smith Meyers cam. 
to us Dec. 22 and remained over Sunday. H 
gave us several very able sermons; also ad 
ministered baptism to three young sisters 
Others are awaiting the solemn rite in the neai 
future. Bro. Meyers has a heart overflowing 
with Christian love.— Mary S. Johnson, Union 
town, Pa., Jan. 16. 

Ravenrun — We met in regular quarterly 
council Jan. 5. Bro. J. B. Brumbaugh, of 
Huntingdon, Bro. J. B. Miller, of Wood- 
bury, and our elder, David Stayer, of Yellow 
Creek, were with us. All business passed off 
pleasantly. The church agreed to 
Stonerstown church over to the Mission Board 
to care for it. Bro. J. B. Brumbaugh preached 
a missionary sermon on Sunday morning, 
he also preached for us at Stonerstown 
day afternoon. It was also decided to engage 
Bro. Milton Swigart to hold a series of meet- 
ings in the spring at Ravenrun church.— Nan 
cy Dilling, Saxton, Pa., Jan. 12. 

Snake Spring.— I began a Bible school in 
this congregation Dec. 30 and cloaed Jan. 13. 
The lessons taught each day were the " Life of 
Christ," and "The Plan of Salvation as sei 
forth in the New Testament." Eight deai 
souls applied for baptism during the study of 
the Word. We are now in the midst of a very 
interesting school in the town of Everett, Pa, 
J. Kurtz Miller, Jan, 14. 

L'pper Canowago.— We met in quarterly 
council at the Mummert meetinghouse Jan. 12 
Considerable business came before the meet 
ing. One letter was granted. Bro. S. H. Ba 
ker, our treasurer of the mission cause of thi! 
chnrch, reported at this meeting that he re 
ceived in the past year $52,25, of which $46.1: 
was granted to home mission and the balance 
was retained for the present. It was also de- 
cided at this meeting that we will hold oui 
coming love feast at the Mummert meeting 
house June 2 and 3, commencing at o: 30 A. M 
At this writing, we are pleased to state tha 
our dear brother, Eld. O. V. Long, of neai 
Abbottstown, Pa., who had a serious attack of 
pleurisy and lung fever, is on a fair way to re 
covery. — Andrew Bowser, East Berlin, Pa 
Jan. 13. 

Upper Cumberland.— Bro. Abram Hollinger, 
of Shippensburg, came among usand preached 
each evening until Dec. 28, when Bro. G. G 
Lehmer came and continued the meetings un- 
til the evening of Jan. 10. Bro. George gave 
us some sound talks. As an immediz 
two were baptized. Others are com 
cost. Several have said they will c 
long. Jan. 12 we held our council with but 
little before the meeting. Everything passed 
off very pleasantly.—/. E. Hollinger, Moore- 
dale, Pa., Jan. 15. 

White Oak.— Dec. 22 Bro. Spencer Beaver 

came to ns and commenced meetings the 

same evening in Manheim and continued till 

the evening of Jan. 7. He preached every 

evening and twice on Sunday mornings, and 

once on Christmas morning. The meetings 

were well attended. Often quite a number 

had to turn back, as they could not get inside 

the church. As an immediate resalt twelve 

applied for membership. Christmas morning 

had baptism, when two were immersed; 

on Sunday morning, Dec. 16, two were 

lersed, as a result of a series of meetings 

held at the Longanecker house.— Anna E. 

Shank, Manheim, Pa., Jan. 12. 

Woodbury. — Dec. 18 we closed a two 
weeks' very interesting Bible school, conducted 
by Eld. J. Kurtz Miller, of Kauffman, Pa., and 
B. F. Masterson, of Inglewood, Cal. This is 
the second school of the kind we have had at 
this place. The good attendance manifested 
to us the interest taken by all. We need more 
such brethren. Bro. Masterson returned ' 



Saturday evening, Jan. 12, and gave us a very 
interesting talk. The collection on Thanks- 
giving was received for the benefit of Bro. 
Fercken, The next Sunday-school convention 
of the Middle District of Pennsylvania will be 
held in the Woodbury church.—/. C. Stayer, 
Jan. i 4 . 

TEXAS. 
Lytle.— Is there any member near Lytle? 
It is a small town, twenty-three miles south- 
west of San Antonio on the International and 
Great Northern R. R. The Messenger is my 
only minister. Oh! how I appreciate it. This 
is a very warm climate; would do anyone good 
who has lung trouble, for which I am here- 
to. E. Whitcherjan, 10. 

VIRGINIA. 

Antloch. — Bro. Chas. M. Yearout com- 
menced a series of meetiugs for us on the 
evening of Dec. 28 and continued his labors 
until Jan. 10, preaching about twenty dis- 
courses. Bro. Yearout presented the doctrine 
of the Bible in a very clear and forcible man- 
ner. As a result twenty came forward and 
united with the church, all of whom have been 
baptized except one, who will be restored in 
the near future. The song service, conducted 
mainly by Sister Yearout, added greatly to 
the interest of the meeting. The brethren 
and sisters have been greatly built up. We 
now number about two hundred. Bro. Year- 
out began a series of meetings at Bethlehem 
church Friday evening, Jan. 11.— Geo. IV, 
Naff, Rocky Mount, Va.,Jan. 12. 
WEST VIROINIA. 
Harman.— We met in council Jan. 12, In 
the absence of our elder, Jonas Fike, Eld. Asa 
Harman presided. Considerable business was 
disposed of. On Sunday morning Bro. Harman 
preached a very interesting sermon. His sub- 
ject was " Feed my Sheep." Our social meet- 
ings are very interesting. I think all of the 
brethren and sisters should attend such meet- 
ings when convenient. — Emma Harman, Jan. 
14. 

Joppa.— I came to the above congregation, 
in Braxton County, Jan. 1 and began meetings. 
Thus far three have made the good choice and 
more seem to be counting the cost. There is 
considerable sickness, and other meetings 
around in the neighborhood, cutting down the 
attendance some. Bro. David Bosely is elder 
here, assisted by six other ministers who are 
nearly all young in the ministry, I think thi 
Joppa congregation has a bright future just a 
hand, The elder in charge is past eighty 
years of age and is well versed in Scriptui 
There was a time when he was often invit 
by other denominations to come over and join 
them, and they would allow him to preach fo 
them. They said: "You are so lonely, and 
your church will never build up a congreg; 
Hon in Braxton." The reply was, "I expei 
the Brethren to be preaching the Gospel in its 
purity among the Braxton County hills yet 
when Christ comes again." And to-day h 
reaps with joy what was sown years ago. I 
expect to continue at least another week yet, 
Later, — Onr meeting closed in the above 
congregation Jan. 13 with increasing interest 
and attendance. Seven made the good choice 
of whom one was a colored lady. Two of th( 
number were not baptized on account of be 
ing sick. There is a band of earnest worker: 
here and a large field for work around them, 
apparently ripe for harvest. They decided to 
have two appointments per month from thi: 
forth, instead of one, as heretofore at tb< 
home church. There is a large field south of 
this point in West Virginia where the Brethren 
,nd their practice are practically unknown. 
The free Gospels, with their very broad plat- 
form and yet so narrow as to exclude all the 
nmands of the New Testament, have taken 
onsiderable hold in this vicinity, I arrived 
home Jan. 15; found all well.— Emra T. 
Fike, Eglon, W. Va„ Jan, 13, 
Salem. — Dec. 28 Bro. Jasper Barnthouse 
immenced a series of meetings here and con- 
tinued to Jan. 6, The attendance was very good, 
and the attention excellent. The sermons 
interesting. While no one made the good 
confession, we feel that the church was built 
up. Our regular January council was held 
Jan. 2. Everything passed off pleasantly. 
We have social meeting every two weeks, 
meeting will be Jan. 20. From here 
Bro. Barnthouse went to his home for a few 
days' rest, when he expects to go to other 
fields of labor.— Jos. W. Wolje, Ctijton Mills, 
W. Va.,Jan. 11. 



CORRESPONDENCE 



Prom Ctarkson, Okla. 

On the morning of Dec. 8 I left my home by 
private conveyance to visit the Deep Fork 
church, situated in the southern part of Lin- 
coln County. I began meetings the same 
evening, continued one week with good Inter- 
est. One baptized and others near the king- 
dom. This church is much in need of a good, 
active minister, as there is at present no min- 
ister in this little congregation and their only 
deacon will soon leave them. Here is a field 
open for some minister who Is looking for 
work. Who will come and occupy it? From 
here I went about twenty miles farther east 
to the Oak Grove church, began meet- 
ings on Sunday, Dec. 16; continued until 
Christmas, preaching twelve sermons to very 
attentive but small congregations. There 
were no accessions. This little band of faith- 
ful members is presided over by Bro, S. Edge- 
comb, who lives about twenty-five miles away. 
They have two ministers. One of them will 
soon leave them to go to Idaho, which will 
leave them with but one resident minister and 
three deacons. Here, too, is a field for some 
minister to possess, This is a good, produc- 
tive country and land is cheap yet. I can 
recommend the country to any one who may 
want to change locations and locate in a mild 
climate. 

1 arrived home Dec. 26; found all well. 

J. AiM-LEMAN. 

Jan, 11. 



The Mile Post. 



The Grand Valley church has paBsed ; 



other milepo: 
the past year 



Giver and Presc 
all our member! 
past year, and 
health has been 
A few of our n 



find many things for which 
very thaukful to the all-wise 
ver of our lives. The lives of 

have been spared during the 
with the majority of us good 

embers have left us and gone 
to other fields of labor, while about the same 
number have moved in and we trust have per- 
manently located. Among those coming into 
our midst is Sister Nancy D. Underhill and 
family. Sister Underhill is well known as an 
able contributor to our church paper. We 
feel to extend to such a hearty welcome and 
would be much pleased to have many more 
such as she come into ot 
build up the cause of Jest 

One of our number was lost from fellowship 
during the year, while we rejoice to note that 
two precious ones were baptized into Christ, 
and one who bad been disfellowshiped was re- 
stored. We now number thirty-one, with two 
ministers and one deacon. We have an ex- 
cellent climate and a fine country, 

D, M, Click, 

Grand Junction, Colo., Jan, p, 



nd help 1 



Sustain or Locate? Which? 

This article is intended as an indorsement 
of the plan of locating missionaries adopted by 
the Middle District of Missouri and described 
in Gospel Messenger some time ago. The 
plan seems to be that of helping to locate 
ministers in the mission field rather than sus- 
taining the few now in the field. This plan, in 
my mind, has many considerations in its favor, 

First, we notice the financial side of the 
case. Ordinarily it costs about four hundred 
dollars a year to sustain one missionary in the 
field. This missionary usually has about four 
regular appoiotments, sometimes more, but f 
for illustration we say four. Now, instead of 
paying this one missionary four hundred dollars 
a year to preach at these four points, let us say 
we wilt pay one hundred dollars a year to each 
of four brethren who will locate at these sever- 
,1 points, and that we will do this for four sttc- 
essive years. This four hundred dollars will 
buy a very comfortable home for the mission- 
ary in many places now worked. The minis- 
thus located could easily earn a living and 
be same time do as much preaching : 



their respective point; 



the 






ionary who has the four points to keep up. 

Now for results: In four years we have four 

xnest men in the field instead of one; these 

four have done as much preaching as the one 

could have done; they have brought four fami- 

(Concluded oh last page.) 



THE GOSPEL IMIESSIEIfcTOEK,. 



Jan. 26, 190 1. 



collect 



Report of the Sisters' Missionary Circle 
of Waynesboro, P«. 

Thk Bisters of this place have beeo working 
together as a missionary circle for several 
years. We have a regular business meeting 
the first Thursday of each month and we meet 
to sew as often aB work demands. Our sewing 
consists of the making of clothing for poor 
children, so that they can come to Sunday 
school, and for other needy persons. We also 
make sunbonnets, aprons and comforts. Last 
year we made 133 sunbonnets, about a dozen 
aprons, and six comforts. These we sold and 
thos procured money for other purposes. 

Each member of the Circle is expected to 
pay at least five cents a month, and if they do 
not come to the meeting a comn 
before the next regular meeting 
their dues. The total amount of money re 
ceived during the year 1900 was $101.68. 

We have three funds in the Circle: general 
India, and new church, to either of which w< 
may contribute at any time. Money made 
by sewing Is placed in the general fund and \i 
used where it is most needed. The India func 
is for the support of India orphans. We an 
now supporting three yearly. The new cburcr 
fund was created with the hope that we shal 
soon have the privilege of giving our mite foi 
the building of a new church at this place. 

Just before Thanksgiving we sent two bar 
rels of provisions to one of the city missions 
These we gathered from the members, all 
contributing whatever they felt like g 
The freight was paid from the Circle 
They were highly appreciated, in consi 
tion of the fact that our Brethren ' 
deny themselves of many things 
the barrels, because of the enormous prices 
they must pay for them. 

Twice each year a committee from the Cir- 
cle makes social calls on each sister of our 
who lives in town, 
s Eccl. 11: i, "Cast thy bread 
upon the waters, for thou shall find it after 
many days." 

Jan. 10. 



ascending to the Father for the 









One 



The needs of a city mission are mj 

: much importance is a suitable plac 

ship. A move should be made foi 

building in this city soon. Along 

/ disappointments may the: 
be much joy and many lasting results, 

S. S, Blough 
Courtland St., Jan. o. 



rmigrcua 



ed in 



SUDIE M. WlNGERT. 



First Annual Institute and Minister*' 
Normal of Northern Indiana. 

This gathering will be held in Goshen, Ind. 
Feb. 4-24. 

COURSE. 

1. Reading and interpretation, 

2. Sermon preparation and delivery. 

3. Practical church supervision. 

4. Life of Christ. 

5. Bible geography. 

6. Sunday school and missionary. 

7. History of the Christian church. 

1. Tuition free. 2. Expenses reduced to ; 
minimum. 3, Ample provision. 4- Every 
active, obedient and hopeful minister 
Northern Indiana attend. The instructors 
your co-laborers of ability and experience. 

You will need a Bible, an English Diction- 
ary, tablets and pencil, 

Note I, — This announcement cannot be 

nt privately to all who should be interested 
therefore we pray every cider and ministei 

ho may see this to interest his fellow-laborer; 

it, and all make an heroic effort to attend. 

Notk 2.— While many of the members anc 
all the teachers are willing to donate to thii 
work, it may not be possible to make it abso- 
lutely free of expense, therefore we hope that 
the churches and able brethren of Northern 
Indiana will give liberally to its support. 

A. I. Mow. 

Argos, Ind. 



the Cherry Grove church, III., about 120 miles 
of Chicago in the vicinity of Lanark, 
first services with these dear members 
Dec. Hi The membership here is much 
larger than where we last labored. Three 
a are in this congregation— Franklin 
Myers, C. P. Rowland and Henry Martin, the 
Idest; also Bro. I. R. Young in the second de- 
gree of the ministry, who has the supervision 
of their Sunday school. 

Whilst here the weather and roads were 
very favorable. Interest and attendance on 
part of many good; but here, as at the 
former place, were not a few who failed to 
:e the importance and sacredness of the 
ce. O! conld we realize the significance 
of the Master's language, " Where two or three 
are gathered together in my name, there am I 
in the midst of them," or the deep import of 
Paul's exhortation, "Forsake not the assem- 
bling of yoorselves," etc. How often the hap- 
py thought swells and warms our hearts, 
"Master, it is good for us to be here." There 
ought to be more of a preparation for services 
of this kind. We should lay oar plans and try 
to arrange our business, so as, if possible, to 
take In all the services. It woold be very 
profitable to have some heart prepare 
tion. Let us be more concerned about the wel- 
fare and salvation of the unsaved. Job has 
such a good suggestion. Oh, that one might 
plead for a man with God as a man pleadeth 
for bis neighbor! Job 10:21. 

I was with the Brethren here about three 
weeks. Only two came to the church, 
hope they will prove faithful until death 
receive one of those glorious crowns Paul 
when he viewed his own crown so resplendent 
with the glory of that great host of saved souls 
who had come to the church of Christ through 
his faithful labors and who had died in the 
triumphs of a living faith. 

I began services in this town the evening of 
Jan. 5. Edward Loomis. 

Syracuse, Ind, 



And another very noticeable thing: I saw a 
large boy giving the first lessons of smoking 
a very small boy. When I got home and 
,t down for a few moments' reflection, these 
ords came to me: "How varied are the 
enes of life." 

Last night another sad picture was present- 
1. A poor womancame to our door pleading 
for help. She had nothing to eat and no fuel 
and two very sick children. We did 
what we could, but not as much as we would 
*ve liked. Hundreds and thousands are in 
suffering condition in this city. If just one- 
fourth of the money that is put in the fine 
churches in this city were given to the poor, all 
would have plenty and be happy. The past 
few weeks we are gradually being led out 
among the poor. I feel that God is directing 
Pray for us, all that are lovers of the 

the new year opened 
iged. Our 



truth. 

I am happy to say 
up to us we were som 
Sunday school seem 
Thirty-seven w 
have promised 
growing in number and 
praised for his goodnesi 



be < 



the 



present to-day and others 

:ome. My sewing class is 

n interest. God be 

to the children of 

Lizzie Hilary. 



.6. 



Special Sunday School Notice. 

Some weeks ago we made a call to 
State District Sunday-school Secretarie 
send us their names and addresses, together 
with the number of Sunday schools in the Dis- 
trict. Very few have yet responded, 
should hear at once from the following State 
Districts: Eastern Pennsylvania, Middle Penn 
sylvania, First and Second Districts of Vir 
ginla, First and Second Districts of West Vir 
ginia, Eastern, Middle and Western Maryland, 
Tennessee, Texas and Louisiana, Sontbern 
Ohio, Middle Indiana, Southern Illinois, Ne- 
braska, Southern Missouri, Middle Iowa, 
Southeastern Kansas, California. 

Please address at once, I. Bennett Trout, 
Lanark, 111., or the undersigned. 

Alheht C, Wieand. 

S3 D. Hall, V. of C„ Hyde Park, 

Chicago, 111. 

From Pittsburg, Pn. 



Among the Churches. 

; my home No 



The workers here are encouraged and have 
entered the new year with renewed desire ti 
do more for Christ. Since the meetings an 
held at 92 Hazelwood Ave,, the attendance ha 
increased. A special effort was made during th 
last month of the century, consisting of nin> 
preaching services and nine Sunday-school 
and mid-week Bible class meetings, 
gether with visiting the sick, making calls and 
attending to other dnties connected with a city 
mission, made us a busy month. The last 
meeting of the year brought us the largest at- 
tendance we have yet had. Our little hall was 
pretty well filled. 

On the whole, our members in the city are 
taking commendable interest in the work, 
Some, however, do not take the interest they 
should. Owing to long distances in the city, 
and some sickness, a number of our brethren 
and sisters cannot attend our services often, 
and some not at all. We are made sad by 
this, and hope in the future to be able to hold 
more meetings in their homes. 

We are grateful for material aid from those 
in the city and from outside points. Among 
the latter the sisters' societies at Elklick and 
Meyersdale. Also brethren and sisters a< 
Meyersdale, Elklick, Johnstown, Indiana 
Huntingdon and others. We are glad also lot 
words of cheer, and prayers which we areas 



some evangel- 
istic work in Indiana and Illinois. I met with 
the Brethren in their city church, Huntington, 
Ind., the evening of Nov. 17; had the pleasure 
of hearing D. B. Gibson discuss one of the pre- 
cious themes of Sacred Writ. The minister in 
charge of this church seems to be well fitted for 
the responsible work entrusted to his care. 

Iso met with the Brethren of the Clear 

Creek church, Sunday forenoon for preaching 

rvice. This church Is presided over by Dor- 

y Hodgden, who is expected to represent the 

Middle District of Indiana on the Standing 

Committee of loot. 

pleased to report an evergreen Sunday 
school in a prosperous condition under thi 
guidance of Bro. Jno. Neff. I have neve 
heard a satisfactory reason assigned for sus 
pending our Sunday school for three or six 
months of the year; especially in our rural dis- 
tricts. We are largely an agricultural people 
and less involved in our vocation in winter 
than summer, and hence have a better oppor- 
tunity to prepare the lesson in the former than 
the latter. And our observation has been that 
we have better recitations during the period 
for which many of our schools are discon- 
tinued. It affords me much satisfaction to see 
our evergreen schools are increasing. May 
the time hasten when our beloved Fraternity 
may realize more folly the great importa: 
that should be attached to this benign inst 

ded of Robert Raikes that 
when he would approach the spot where he 
was first impressed with the propriety and 
significance of this institution he would 
ably lift his hat In recognition of the ground 
being sacred and holy. Some one has said the 
time will never come when the name of Robert 
Raikes will be forgotten. The schoolB estab- 
lished by this eminent man do not compare 
favorably with the schools maintained by our 
Brethren to-day. The primary object of the 
former was to impart to the poor, neglected 
children the rudiments of a secular education. 
With this was coupled a desire to have these 
neglected children preserved from evil com- 
ud the baleful influences of 



From Philadelphia, Pa. 

The Mothers' Society of Christian Endeavor 
hold their regular meetings the second Mon- 

Ly evening of each month. Mrs. J. S. Thom- 

is president. 

Last year each mother received a jug of 
blessing, and at the close of the year $42.25 
was realized. The missionary committee 
seemed to have found work to keep the moth- 
ers busy, both by working at home and going 
out to the poor and needy. 

The society has donated a bed with 
ber of sheets, pillow cases and bolsters to the 
Crillington Home or home for young girls, al- 
so sewing for the Christopher Hospital and the 
Rescue Home for men on North Front St, 
May the tired mothers, who take time to be 
holy, find in the great day of judgment that 
every sacrifice made for Christ was noted by 
the recording angel. 

Dear mothers, we have seasons of joy here 
at times. Let us look forward to the time 
1 cup of joy may be full, though the 
clouds of despondency seem at times to hover 
Let us think of a home in heaven and the 
dear ones there and thus go on and si 
tide of sorrow and opposition; boldly f 
ery obligation and duty, cling to hope 
anchor, and having confidence in God we may 
be brought on until we arrive safely at home 
God bless the mothers. 

Mrs. C. C. Hartman, 

141+ N. Thirteenth St. 



Texas Report. 

Amount received by Relief Committee of 
Manvel church for storm sufferers and church 
building fund from Dec. 5, 1900, to Jan. 10, 

Indiana. — Wabash and Somerset church 
together, $7.87; Clear Creek church, §13; Wal- 
nut Level church, $2.50; Cottage Grove Sun- 
day school, $2.75. 

Iowa.— Garrison church, $10.85; Dry Creek 
church, Robins, $5; Dallas Center church, 
{18.08; Spring Creek church, $5; Pleasant 
Prairie congregation, 50 cents; Coon River 
Sunday school, near Panora, $4, 

Kansas.— Appanoose church, $7.03; Belle- 
ville church, £11.52; Sister Martha Henry's 
Sunday-school class, Belleville, to our poor 
children, 92 cents; Amanda Easdale, Olathe, 
$1; Ramona Brethren and friends, $3; CD. 
Fager and wife, Sabetha, $2; Thankagiving 
collection, Newton church, $6.20. 
Missouri.— Prairie View church, $7.23. 
Nebraska.— Yale Sunday school, $8.25; 
Weeping Water church, £12.70. 
North Dakota.— A brother, Rugby, $2. 
Ohio.— Salem church, Montgomery County, 
$22.26; Thanksgiving offering, Dayton church, 
$19.50. 

Pennsylvania,— From Seanor, $2; Meyers- 
dale Sunday school, $6.78; West Conestoga 
church, 51230; Peach Blossom church, $12; 
Colored Brethren church, $1.20; Ephrata 
church, $6.20; Dry Valley Sunday school, 
Maitland, $2.47. 

Virginia.— Greemount church, in two or- 
ders, $51.11; Jacob G, Bowman, Greenmount, 
$2; Linville Creek church, $2. 

I have thanked individually almost all that 
have sent us money and I wish, in the name of 
our congregation, to thank all the donors col- 
lectively now for the help they have so gener- 
ously extended to as in oar distress. Most 
assuredly the Lord will reward them all for it 






nty. 



How Varied Are the Scenes of Life. 



One Sabbath morning as I 
day school I saw a young 



street life. 

1 labored about thn 
Brethren at this placi 



mh 



r de:.< 



was going to Sun- 
lan and a young 
and both of them 
cated. They reeled from one side 
of the street to the other. It was indeed a sad 
picture, and I am sorry to say that many such 
sad pictures are seen in this great city. 

As I went on I saw some crape on a door 
right under the mission room. Death had 
tered there and taken an infant. When 
returned we saw the hearse conveying a body 
of a young man or woman to the dead nous 
as they never bury in the ground here in tt 
winter time. Farther on we passed where 
man lay dead. And just as we reached or 
door the hearse stood opposite our house and 
they were just placing two small caskets 
from one family. 



We have received enough money specially 
designed for the rebuilding of our church to 
encourage us to make the start. 

Some of our Brethren have expressed the 
desire to help as when we woald rebuild, 
all I will say that we are now working a 
with all possible energy, and their contriba 1 
would be warmly appreciated. 

Fraternally and thankfully, 

Geo. Marchand, 
Treasurer Relief Com 
Manvel, Texas. 



OUR BOOK TABLE. 

Professor Ira Remsen, L. L. D„ will contrib- 
ute to McClure's Magazine for Febuary ; 
account of some " Unsolved Problems 
Chemistry," in which he treats of those curious 
and puzzling phenomena that baffle all the ef- 
forts of science to explain them. The issue 
will contain a graphic narrative of Hernando 
de Soto and his discovery of the Mississippi. 
by Cyras Townsend Brady, whose powers in 
picturesque and adequate historical writing 
have won him so mncb esteem from the read- 



Jan. 26, 1901. 



ing public. The article will be folly illustrat 
e d. Alao "Some Recollectioos of Joho 
Wilkes Booth," for a personal memoir of Lin 
coin's assassin by Clara Morris. Out of her 
own experience in association with him, 
Morris writes this account of the unhappy 
man- The article will be accompanied by 
full-page picture from a photograph in t 
collection of the author. 



•miE QOSIFEXj imhessedstgeir. 



"The New Testament Emphasized." By 
Rev. Horace E. Morrow, and published by 
Charles Reynolds, Middletown, Conn., is a 
book that will fill a long felt want among min- 
isters especially. All the emphatic and lead- 
ing ideas and thoae which should be impres- 
sively uttered in public reading are printed in 
full face and italic type. To insure ac< 
cy, the author has made a careful study of 
each verse in the original Greek. As the 
Greek language writes its own emphasis, two- 
thirds of the emphases found in this work arc 
derived directly from the original. By a care- 
ful study of this work one may learn how tc 
emphasize Scripture with remarkable skill 
In fact it is here shown just how it may be 
done. Not one preacher in a hundred can by hi 
reading bring out the real meaning of a vers 
or paragraph, and yet it is the very thing that 
should be done. We need good readei 
well as we need good preachers. The work is 
in large type, well bound in cloth. Price, $1.50. 
It may be ordered from this office. 



MATRIMONIAL - 



BECHTEL— BEEKLEY.— At Louise, Io 
Dec. 25, 1900, by the undersigned, Bro, Aaron 
M. Bechtel and Sister Emma S. Beekley, both 
of Blackhawk County, Iowa. 

A. P. Blough, 

BRYAN— FISHER.— At the residence of 
the bride's mother, near Pearl City, 111., J: 
iqoi, by the undersigned, Bro. Chas. A. Bryan 
and Sister Lydia Fisher, both of Pearl City, 
Stephenson County, 111. 

Samuel Studbbaker. 

BOOK— STINE.— At the residence of the 
bride's parents, near Adel, Iowa, Dec. 25, 1900, 
by the undersigned, Bro. I. B. Book, of North 
Manchester, Ind., to Sister Mae Stine. 

R. F. McCune. 

EIKENBERRY— HUDSON.— At the home 
of the bride's parents, in Laplace, 111,, by the 
undersigned, Dec. ig, 1000, Bro. Leroy Eiken- 
berry and Sister Susanna A. Hudson, all of 
Piatt County, HI. S. S. Miller. 

GLESSNER— LICHTY.— At home of bride, 
Dec. 25, 1 goo, by the undersigned, Bro. Alvin 
K. Glessner and Sister Maggie M. Lichty, 
both of Waterloo, Iowa. A. P, Blough. 

SHELLABARGER— BURGER. — At the 
residence of the bride's parents, near West 
Milton, Ohio, Dec. 27, igco, by the under- 
signed, Bro. John Shellabarger, of Mendon, 
Ohio, and Sister Katie Burger, of West Milton, 

Ohio. I. J, ROSENBERGER. 

TOLER— FARR.— At the residence of the 
undersigned, Dec. 23, 1900, Mr. Eugene Toler 
and Miss Melissie Farr, both of Lyon County, 
Kans. W. H. Leaman. 

YEAGLEY— BEEGHLY.-At the home of 
the bride's parents in the Maple Grove church, 
Ashland Co., Ohio, Jan. 1, 1901, by Bro. David 
Snyder, Mr. Howard Yeagley and Sister Min- 
nie Beeghly, both of Ashland County, Ohio. 
Ella Bebghlv. 



_• • • FALLEN * ASLEEP • • • 

" Blessed are the dead which die In the Lord." 

BAKER.— At Bevansville, Md„ Jan. 2, 1901, 
of pneumonia, Olie Mabel, daughter of Bro. 
John and Sister Mary Baker, aged 1 year and 
3 days. Services by Eld. S. K. Fike from 
Lake 12: 40. Interment in the Maple Grove 
cemetery. • Anna King. 

BAKER.— In the Black Swamp church, 
Ohio, Jan. 1, igoi, Samuel Baker, son of Daniel 
and Mary Baker, aged 66 years, 9 months and 
*» days. Deceased was born in Wayne Coun- 
l y. Ohio, March 20, 1834. He was united in 
marriage with Catharine Garner, Feb. 21, 1858. 
*° this union were born four sons and four 
daughters. He leaves three sons and one 



daughter. Servi 
from Mark 13: 35 
COLLINS.— Near Gip, Okla. T., Dec. 29, 

1900, of bronchial pneumonia, Ella, daughtei 
of R. L. and Sarah Collins, aged 7 years, .| 
months and 21 days. Her parents, one broth- 
er and a sister survive her. Little Ella was 
loved by all who knew her. 

Ella Snavely. 
CLOWER.— At Morrisonville, 111., Jan. 6 

1901, Thomas F. Clower, aged 67 years, n 
months and 19 days. He was born in Mercei 
County, N. J., Jan. 17, 1833, and in 1839 moved 
with his parents to Warren County, Ohio, 
Later on he moved to Montgomery County, 
Ohio, and then to Jersey County, III. In 1854 
they moved to Christian County, 111., where hi 
permanently located. He was married to Mis 
Mary Elizabeth Tompkins Jan. 24, 1856. Th 
mother and five of their children survive. H 
united with the German Baptist Brethren 
chnrch Sept. 10, 1876, of which church he 
still a member at his death. He died at his 
home on the farm nine miles northwest of 
Morrisonville, of heart and kidney trouble. 
Services by the writer, assisted by brethren I. 
Harshbarger and James Witt. S. S. Miller. 

EBY.— In the Springfield church, Summit 
County, Ohio, Jan. 8, tooi, Bro. Samuel I. Eby 
aged 68 years, 6 months and 4 days. He was 
born July 4, 1832, married to Mary Geib Dec, 
29, 1855. Bro. Eby was a member of th. 
Brethren church for thirty-eight years and 
served as deacon for a number of years. He 
leaves a wife and five children. Services by 
the home ministers. H. E. Kurtz. 

EIKENBERRY.— In Lower Twin church 
Ohio, Dec. 8, 1900, Sister Sarah A.Eikenberry 
wife of Christian Eikenberry, aged 63 years, 
10 months and 24 days. She was faithful to 
assist her husband in the deacon's office, for 
many years. Her two daughters, with their 
husbands, were untiring in administering 
the wants of this sainted mother during her 
lingering illness. Services by the Brethrei 
at the Wheatville chnrch and interment a 
Winchester cemetery. D. M. Garver. 

FLORY.— At bis home, near Angusta, W. 
Va., Nov. 6, 1900, of paralysis, Bro. Jonathan 
Flory, aged 82 years. Services by brethren D. B, 
Arnold and B. W. Smith from Psa. 34: 19, In- 
terment at Augusta burying ground. Father 
was born near Dayton, Rockingham Co., Va, 
March 28, 1818, March 4, 1841, he was mar 
ried to Margaret J. Ocheltree, with whom he 
lived until his death. In the fall of 1848 he 
and mother and three children moved by 
to Hampshire County, W, Va„ where he lived 
until his death. He was a member of the 
church twenty-eight years. He was paralyzed 
twelve years. Three years of his last days he 
was almost entirely helpless, and almost 
speechless. He was a kind father and bore 



afflictions 
leaves an aged 1 



Chri 



er. H< 



FISHER.— In Sullivan, Ind., within the 
bounds of the La Molte church, Crawford Co, 
111., Jan. 5, 1901, Bro. A. B. Fisher, aged 56 
years, 3 months and 2 days. The deceased 
was born in Carroll County, Ind. He was 
youngest of ten children who blessed the 
union of Bro. David and Sister Susan Fisher, 
deceased. Of this family only one brother 
survives. He was united in marriage to Sister 
Louisa Shafer, Dec. 24, 1867. To them were 
born ten children, of whom three sons pre- 
ceded him. He became a member of the 
Brethren church in June, 1867, and had since 
lived an earnest Christian life. Services in 
the Baptist church in Sullivan by Eld. J. C. 
Stoner, assisted by Eld. Jacob Swinger, from 2 



4:7.8, 

GARST— At her home 
Jan. 4, 1901, Fannie Carat 



57 years, 3 r 



nths 



nd 2 days. She 



Stoner. 
Jasper, Mo., 
Gibson, aged 



D. W. Garst Nov, 

and two daughters were born, — 
all grown. She joined the German Baptist 
church at the age of sixteen, and lived a noble 
Christian life. Services by Elder Wm. Harvey 
from Job 38: 17. Clara Radford. 

HAGER.— In Mt. Vernon church, 111., Dec. 
29, 1900, of diphtheria, Roy, son of Bro. David 
and Sister Mary Hager, aged 4 years, 10 
and 1 day. Owing to the contagious 
of the disease funeral services were 
postponed. D. Z, Linglb. 

HEVNER.— In the Rock Alleghany church, 
Pocahontas County, W. Va., Oct. 30, 1900, of I 



heart and stomach trouble, Sister Hevner, 
aged S3 years, 2 months and 28 days. She 
was married to Samuel Hevner. To them were 
born seven children, four daughters and three 
sons. She^joined the Brethren church, of 
which she continued a faithful member until 
death, She was a kind and loving wife and 
mother. Bbnj. Collins. 

HORN— In the bounds of the Kaskaskia 
church, Fayette Co., 111., Jan. 7, 1901, Mary 
Horn, nee Lesher, aged 21 years, 2 months and 
10 days. Services in Brethren church by the 
undersigned from Heb. 9: 27. 

D. T. Wagner. 

HORNER.— In the bounds of the Pyrmont 
church, Ind., Jan. 6, igoi, friend Ellen Nora, nee 
Leslie, wife of Elias Horner, aged 31 years, 8 
months and 24 days. She was married to 
Elias Horner April 6, 18S8. To this union 
were born two sons who preceded her. The 
husband survives. Services in the Pyrmont 
chnrch by Eld. L. T. Holsinger from Rom. 8: 
ig. Interment in the Pyrmont cemetery. 

Ellen Blickbnstaff. 

SHIVELY. — At Bourbon, Ind., May 28, 
1900, Bro. Daniel B. Shively, aged 63 years, ti 
months and 30 days. He was the youngest son 
of Eld. Geo. Shively. He was a twin brother. 
He leaves four daughters and three brothers. 
His wife, a son and two brothers preceded 
him. His sickness was of short duration. He 
bore bis suffering with a Christian faith. He 
was an affectionate father and a kind neighbor. 
He leaves many friends to mourn his depart- 
ure. Services by Bro. J. H. Sellers. 

W. E. Shively. 

JACOBS.— In the Spring River church, Jas- 
per Co., Mo., Dec. 4, 1000, Sister Catharine L. 
Jacobs, nee Baker, aged 69 years, 9 months and 
16 days. Sister Jacobs was in poor health for 
a few years, but death came unexpectedly. 
Her husband, two sons, two brothers and 
one sister survive her. She lived in Knox and 
Allen Counties, Ohio, and in 1874 came to the 
home where she died. She lived a Christian 
life, and was a member of the Brethren church 
thirty-two years. Services by the writer from 
1 Thess.4: 13-18. Christian Holderman. 

JAMES —At Nappanee, Ind., Jan. 7, iqoi, 
Susannah James, aged 35 years, 5 months and 
i§ days. The deceased was married to John 
James Dec. 7, 1897, She leaves husband and 
infant child. Services by the writer. 

Joseph Hartsough, 

KESLER.— At her home in the Bush Creek 
congregation, Md,, Dec. 30, 1900, of pneumo- 
nia, Sister Harriet Kesler, aged 79 years. She 
has for many years been a faithful sister in the 
church. She was twice married. Her former 
husband was Thomas Griffith. She was 
married to Jonathan Kesler, of Kansas, who 
died two years later. Services by Eld. S. H, 
Utzfrom Rev. 20; 12, assisted by Eld. E. A, 
Bruner and Calvin Mayne. Addje L. Utz. 

LICHTY.— In the Summit cong., Somerset 
Co., Pa., Dec. 24, 1900, Bro. Jacob M. Lichty, 
aged 68 years, 7 months and 28 days, 
served the church as a deacon for about thirty 
years very acceptably, living close to 
large meetinghouse. He leaves a sorrowing 
widow, five daughters and two sons, all n 
bers of the church. Interment on his farm, 
Services by the writer from 2 Cor. 5: 8,1 
assisted by Elder J. W. Peck, who read the 
latter clause of Matt. 24 Eld. C. G. Lie 



der, when the engine exploded which caused 
his death in a few hours. He united with the 
Brethren church in December, 1888. He was 
united in marriage to Ottie Brenner Feb. 12, 
1889. He leaves a wife, four children, an aged 
father and mother and five sisters. He was a 
firm upholder of the principles of the chnrch, 
Interment in the Philadelphia cemetery. 
Services by Eld. D. F. Hoover, assisted by the 
home ministers, John R. Snyder, 

NEIBERT.— In the Broadfording congrega- 
tion, Md., Dec. 29, 1900, of dropsy, Bro. Philip 
Neibert, aged 72 years, 9 months and 24 days, 
He was afflicted for two years, and suffered in- 
tensely at times, Although Bro. Neibert did 
not unite with the church until late in life, the 
Brethren were always welcome in his home, 
and he won many friends by his kind and 
cheerful manner. He is survived by his wife 
and three sons. Services by Eld. John Row- 
land and S. M. Foltz from Num. 23: 10. 

Nannie Martin. 

STUTZMAN.-In the bounds of the West 
Johnstown church, Cambria Co,, Pa., Aug, 15, 

1900, Bro. Samuel Stutzman, aged 76 years, 6 
months and 26 days. Services by Eld. David 
Hildebrand. N. W. Berkley. 

STEPHENS.-At the Old Folks' Home, 
Shirleysburg, Pa„ Dec. 25, 1900, William 
Stephens, aged 84 years and 4 days. He arose 
from his bed and partially clothed himself, but 
soon after suddenly expired. Interment near 
Warriorsmark, Pa, John E, Garver, 

SHEETS.-Near Honey Creek, Ind., Jan, 3, 

1901, of paralysis, Bro. Adam Sheets, aged 79 
years, 5 months and 7 days. He was born July 
27, 1821. He was married to Dorothy Ann Post 
Dec. 29, 1844. This union was blessed with 
ten children, six of whom survive him. His 
wife and four children preceded him. He 
united with the church in 1858, and always 
lived true to his faith. Services at Honey 
Creek by Bro. A. C. Snowberger. Text, Job 
10; 14, first clause. Interment at Franklin. 

Florida J. E. Green, 
SAUCER.— At Henry, Grant County, W. 
Va., Dec. 28, 1900, Sister Elizabeth Saucer, wife 
of Philip Saucer, aged 75 years, I month and 
12 days. She was a mother in Israel and a 
true companion. Interment in Abernathy 
cemetery. Services by I. W. Abernathy and 
Willie Cosner. Henry M. Harvey. 

SPITZER,— In the Linville Creek church, 
Va., Dec. 28, 1900, Sister Catharine Spitzer, 
widow of Cyrus Spitzer, aged 86 years, 8 
months and 12 days. Services and interment 
at the Creek church by brethren J. P. and D . 
Zigler. Michael Ziglbr. 

THOMAS.— Near Fulks Run, Va„ Dec. 30, 
1900, Miss Elizabeth Thomas, aged 70 years, 8 
months and 17 days, The deceased lived near 
Broadway until the last year. She was a 
member of the Baptist (O. S.) chnrch. Inter- 
ment at the Linville Creek cemetery, 

Michael Zigler. 

THOMAS.— In the Greenmount chnrch, Va„ 
Dec. 16, 1900, Bro. Joseph Thomas, aged 75 
years, 4 months and 19 days, Services at the 
Brush chnrch by Eld. I. C. Myers and the 
writer from 1 Thess. $: 9. J. A, Garbbr. 

WICHAEL.— In the Fairview church, Sher- 
man Co., Kans., Jan, 8, 1901, of heart failure, 
Bro. Samuel H. Wichael, aged 66 years, 8 
months and 19 days. Bro. Wichael was born 
in Rockingham County, Va., March 10, 1834. 
In an early day he, with his family, emigrated 
to Marshall County, Iowa. In 1886 be moved 
to Sherman County, Kans., where be lived an 
exemplary and useful life till last March, when 
bis wife, Sister Wichael, died, Then he made 
his home with bis son, Phil, where he was 
kindly cared for. Services in the M. E. church 
in Goodland by the writer, assisted by the 
pastor of the M. E. church, Eld. Woodard, 
from Rev. 14: 13. John F. Cline. 

WORKMAN.— In the Loudonville congre- 
gation, Ashland Co., Ohio, Dec. 24, 1900, of 
typhoid fever, Bro. Cary E. Workman, aged 
30 years, 1 1 months and 26 days. The de- 
eased was a young man highly respected in 
the family, church and community. In arrang- 
ng his financial matters be remembered the 
Lord's work with a bequest of a large per cent 
of his property to the church, for various pur- 
poses. There are left of the family, to mourn 
bis departure, father, mother, five brothers and 

sister. Services by Bro, A. I. Heestand, of 

of his death, Feb. 2, 1868. Smitnville, Ohio. Interment in Pin: 



LONG— At Carlisle, Pa., Dec. 14, 1900, of 
diphtheria, Sarah Rebecca, daughter of Bi 
i and Rebecca Jane Long, aged 9 years, 
was one of those cheerful girls, whose 
presence was always felt, She is missed at 
home, school and chnrch. Oben Long. 

MIKESELL.— At Covington, Ohio, Dec. 30, 
1900, Elizabeth Thomson Mikesell, aged 73 
years, 7 months and 2 days. She was the wife 
of Bro. John Mikesell, a deacon in the Coving- 
church. Seven children were born to 
them, two of whom survive their mother. She 
patient and uncomplaining during her 
levere illness. All who knew our sister, 
loved her. Dr. A, S. Rosenberger conducted 
ervices from 2 Cor. 5: 1. He was assisted 
by J. W. Reynolds of the Christian church. 
Elizabeth D. Rosenberger. 



MOHR.— Near Degraff, Ohio, in the bounds 
of the Logan chnrch, Nov. 30, 1900, Bro. 
Charles F. Mohr, aged 32 years, 9 months and 
28 days, Bro. Mohr was bom within 
miles of the pi; 



He was assisting a neighbor in shredding fod-l etery. 



Arthur S, Workk 



64 



THE GOSIFIEXj MIESSE^G-jEIR,: 



Jan. 2$, 19O1. 



{Concluded from page 61.) 
lies of members to the field instead of one, 
their influence for attracting other members to 
the field is fourfold; they now have homes of 
their own, are permanently located, and are 
ordinarily independent of mission boards, and 
a permanency is given the \ 



ork that will 



Aga 



i say the Miision Board will buy 
3ve, and put a minister in it with 
the understanding that it is his to use, but not 
abuse, as long as he is content to live in it and 
preach regularly monthly or oftener, and the 
same results follow. 

Then, again, these four ministers would ordi- 
narily be near enough together to assist one 
another in a scries of meetings and on love 
feast occasions once a year or oftener, thus 
adding much needed help along these lines. 

Still another advantage would be the social 
feature. The minister would generally be at 
home with his family, where he is always 
mach needed; whereas the missionary is from 
home and family nearly all the time, 

From these considerations, and from several 
years of experience in the mission field, and 
believing in the colonization idea of establish- 
ing missions, 1 feel to heartily endorse the 
above plan and recommend it to the consider- 
ation of mission boards generally. 

B. £. Kesuui. 

Dryden,Ark. 



Northwest Baltimore Mission Notes. 



Fund Committee re- 
for the Baltimore City 
nee our last report, 
t closed fifty-three ser- 
n our little hall. Inler- 



Thb Home Missit 
ceived twelve dollar 
church lot and house 

During the year ji 
mons were preached 
est and attendance good. 

Eight times during the year we met foi 
preaching services, but no minister was pres 



Our Sunday school held fifty-1 
with an average attendance of fifty-six, and ai 
average collection of $1.97 per Sunday. 

Fifty-one interesting and instructive Bibl 
class meetings were conducted on Wednesday 
evenings under the efficient leadership of Bi 
C. C. Brunner. 

Fifty-two prayer meetings were enjoyed 
with William McDannell, an earnest young 
brother, in charge. This department has been 
placed in the care of sisters C. Temple ai 
Dove L. Sauble and C. C, Brunner as a pray 
meeting committee for 1901. 



full 



here he can j 

eans of doing some good 

Rockwell City, /Cans., /< 



of zeal for the Master 
home cheap and be th< 



Prom Jeter* Chapel, Va. 

Jan. 5 Bro. D. N. Eller and myself went to 
Bedford County to bold some meetings. Bro. 
Her preached two sermons and returned 
>me, The work continued to Jan. 16 with 
lod-sized congregations. 
This little isolated congregation has had a 
wonderful experience with "sanctification," 
is the "hot winds " have about all passed 
I trust the people will settle down to con- 
sistent living. 

little independent church exists or has ex- 
isted here for a short lime, of the Baptist varie- 
ty, but holding open Communion and practicing 
feet-washing. I learn they decided to follow 
and Peter's instructions and salute each 
■ with a kiss. They claim sinless perfec- 
but admit that it is possible for them to 
One of their number, however, decided 
we them and "join the Bible " while our 
meeting was in progress. He offers himself 
now to the Brethren. Another one who had 
left our church decided to return, and still an- 
other from the world desires baptism at the 
hands of the Brethren. The meetings closed 
with a growing interest. C. D. Hylton, 

Daleville, Va. 



From Back Creek Church, Pa. 

We expect to hold our fifth annual Bibli 
term at the Brandt churchhouse, beginning 
Feb. 4, to continue a week or ten days, Breth- 
ren J. Kurtz Miller and B. F. M 
to conduct it. All are cordially s 
tend these meetings. Emm 

Mercersburg, Pa., Jan. n. 



Financial Reports. 

Mission Report (or Week Ending 
Jan. 19, 1901. 



/ Stat 



Fund lor the Baltimore City church lot and 

house during 1900 Si 

To rocolpts in Volunteer Mission Fund tor Mis- 
sion work 111 the city s 

To receipts In Sundny achoul iluilnii year ] 

To receipts in Btbk' i l^i4M WoiliiosJuy ulglits, . . 9043 
Total tiniount received in Notthwcst Baltimore 

Mission during the year 1900 foil 79 

All good clothing, money, etc., intended for 
our missionary in her work, should be addressed 
to Sister Dove L. Sauble, 331 N. Gilraore St„ 
Baltimore, Md. 

Donations intended for the Baltimore City 
church lot and bouse should be sent to the 
writer, J. S. Gkiser. 

m6o7 Edmondson Ave., Baltimore, Md. 



WURLD-WIDK MISSIONS. 

knowledged under tb 



This lund I 



■potted, lute 



ithorwiae designated, 
(und.l 

Previously reported, $8,980 

Ohio.- F. A. Sellers. Watson, t3l Isaac Brum- 
baugh, Hartvllle, tio; Jacob Leckrone, Chal- 
lants,*i.so; Joseph Kaylor, Bellelontalne, ti.ao; 
O. E. Frank, Pleasant Home, Si. So; Absalom 
Basoro. Trotwood,$io; Paradise S. S„ Wooster 
Dayton. J1.50; B, F. 
Snyder, Bellelontalne, Ji.ao; Upper Stillwater S. 
S.,*a.84: Mohican Socloty of Lattasburg, JiSao; 
,nd Joseph Kcfslar, Pleasant Home, 
*4; David Klnsey, Boyd, *a; John H. Rlnohart. 



INDIA ORPHANAGE. 

revlously reported (1,620 55 

Pa.— Missionary Association. Waynesboro, 

5; 3. sister, Koyerslord, IS; total ao 00 

iLL.-HudsonS.S 13 90 

Chio.— Juvenile class, Eagle Centre S. S., 
.00; Primary class, Eagle Ceatre S. S.,$8.75: 

tal 13 6S 

Nhbr -Lottie M.Netzley's class, Adams, . . 640 

Iowa.— John and Elizabeth Gable, Ollle, ... 5 co 

Mo.— Cora Stump, Nevada 1 00 

.— Wm. H. Rummers class n IS 

Total for year beginning April, 1000 (1,694 iS 

SWITZERLAND MEETINGHOUSE. 

Previously reported, lJ,o>4 84 

id.— Rockrun cong., 20 o3 

Total for year beginning April, 190a, . . .11,04487 
Gin, Missionary and Tract Com, 



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The Brethren have a churchhouse here i 
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We have a few members living about six 
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In the Ghetto 

Is a most interesting account of the Jewish 
quarter of Chicago. 

Cast-off Raiment 

Is the story of what becomes of second- 
hand clothes. 

Can a Boy Work Mis Way 
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Prof. Sharp tells how it can be done, and 
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Picking and marketing Strawberries 
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The Nature Page 

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The " Inglenook " Prizes 

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The Egg Industry 

Is an article that will be a wonder-provok- 
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Steel Pens Little Used 

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Something About Your Diamonds 

If you happen to have any, is a very well- 
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Tar and Feathers no Joke 

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" SET FOR THE DEFENSE OF THE GOSPEL.'— Phil g; tf. 



Vol. 39. 



Elgin, III., Feb. 2, 1901. 



No. 



TABLE OF CONTENTS. 



EDITORIAL,- 
Johnandjei 



The Word and the Spirit, . . . 
Parents and the Young People. 
Swim or Sink 

Con' 



Before the Flood 

Tyndale's Letter 

Queilsts' Department 

Our Saturday Night 

POETRY.— 

The Spoiled Picture. By D. Hays, . 
Fourscore. By Adallne Hohl Beery, 



Wars-Ancient and Modern. By A. W. Reese 

A " House to House " Religion. By Landon West 

What Constitutes Gospel Religion? By D. A. Norcross 

Brief Reminiscences ol Some Preachers Whom I have Known. By J. 



Isolation. By Hannah Smith 

Salvation by Grace. By W. S. Ladfetter 

•What Shall We Do lor our Young Members?" By 
Teague 

The Soul's Response to Bible Truth. By Bdward Frantz, 
PREACHERS' DEPARTMENT — 

Pulpit Magic. By Edward Frantz 

THE SUNDAY SCHOOL,— 

Lesson Light-Flashes 

OUR PRAYER MEETING,— 

The Blessings of Contentment 

How to Speak in Prayer Meeting 

HOME AND FAMILY — 

Necessary Pleasure, By Lula Goshorn 

The New Cure 

Rotted Off by Beer 



GENERAL MISSIONARY AND TRACT DEPARTMENT,— 



India Notes. By Wilbur Stover 

Why In Porto Rico? By C. K. Burkholder, 
Daily Bread, 



EDITORIAL MISCELLANY. 

The Queen is dead, and will be buried Feb. 2. 
A short time before her departure most of her chil- 
dren, grandchildren and other relatives appeared at 
her bedside and bade her farewell. They then 
stood around the room and saw her calmly close 
her eyes and take her departure from earth. She 
died as she had lived, — beloved and honored by all 
her people, and highly respected by the world at 
large. She had occupied the throne for 63 years, 
hers having been the longest reign known in the 
history of England. She may well be regarded as 
the model queen of earth. In some respects she 
has never had a superior. She was a most devoted 
wife, and never ceased to mourn the death of her 
husband, Prince Albert. Her nine children were 
the special objects of her motherly concern. She 
saw that they were properly trained not only in the 
matters pertaining to business, society and educa- 
tion, but in everything that related to the highest 
type of morality, and the religion which she had ac- 
cepted. No impure or questionable person was 
allowed in her court. She scorned everything that 
in the least interfered with purity, the prosperity and 
happiness of the family circle. She did her utmost 
to encourage only that which lifted people to a 
higher plane. Very few fully realize how much 
good she did for this world along this line, and the 
future sovereigns of England will do well to imitate 
her noble example as a ruler. But she is dead, and 
her remains will soon be resting in a costly marble 
tomb, by the side of her husband, and, like all oth- 
ers, both great and small, she must appear at the 
judgment bar of God. Here she governed people 
D y the millions, and possessed some of the finest 
royal palaces in the world, but before the throne of 
God, without crown or queenly robes, she will sQme 
d ay stand to answer regarding the opportunities of 
*ife, the same as the most humble subjects of her 
vast earthly kingdom. 



King Edward VII. is now on the throne of Great 
Britain. He was christened Albert Edward, but 
generally known as the Prince of Wales. He is 59 
years old, is quite gray, and of course cannot wield 
the scepter more than a decade or two. His wife is 
the daughter of the King of Denmark. He is here- 
after to be known as King Edward VII., taking the 
name of his grandfather, Edward VI. Two days 
after the death of his mother he was proclaimed 
king of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and 
Ireland and the Emperor of India. There were 
some quaint ceremonies and time-honored customs 
that seemed new and meaningless to the masses. 
The proclamation was in keeping with the style of 
centuries ago, when the lords and princes probably 
received more honor than at the present time. It 
reads thus: " Whereas, It has pleased Almighty 
God to call to his mercy our late sovereign, Queen 
Victoria, of blessed and glorious memory, by whose 
decease the imperial crown of the United King- 
dom of Great Britain and Ireland is solely and 
rightfully come to the high and mighty Prince Al- 
bert Edward. We, therefore, the Lords spiritual 
and temporal of this realm, being here assisted with 
these of her late Majesty's Privy Council, with num- 
bers of other principal gentlemen of quality, with 
the Lord Mayor, Aldermen and citizens of London, 
do now hereby with one voice and consent of 
tongue and heart publish and proclaim that the 
high and mighty Prince Albert Edward is now, by 
the death of our late sovereign, of happy memory, 
become our only lawful and rightful liege Lord, 
Edward VII., by the grace of God, King of the 
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, de- 
fender of the faith, Emperor of India, to whom we 
do acknowledge all faith and constant obedience 
with all hearty and humble affection, beseeching 
God, by whom all Kings and Queens do reign, to 
bless the royal Prince, Edward VII., with long and 
happy years to reign over us." 



In coming to the throne Edward VII, finds him- 
self at the head of the most powerful government 
of earth, and one fully as far advanced in civiliza- 
tion as any other. On his empire the sun never 
sets. All is not peace however. The war with 
Africa is not closed. There is yet trouble with 
China, and late reports indicate that there is a 
trouble brewing with Russia. But his accession to 
the throne does not necessarily mean any particular 
change in national policy, like in the United States, 
when the affairs of the Government pass from one 
party to another. The King can only execute the 
law of his kingdom, The same conservative party, 
that has been in power, will remain in charge of the 
interests of the kingdom. Still there must be a 
number of minor changes hardly apparent to the 
people of this country. The "Queen's English" 
must pass out of use. The Episcopal prayer book 
in use all over the kingdom must be revised and re- 
printed. The expense for private alterations of this 
kind will alone amount to a large sum. Still more 
marked are the changes required in legal forms and 
in many government offices and departments. The 
"Queen's writ" no longer runs, and fresh forms 
must be authorized and printed before the King's 
writ can be served on delinquent debtors. When 
new coins are struck there must be a new face on 
them. Thus there must be an entire new series of 
dies at the mint. The postage and revenue stamps, 
mail carts, mail bags, military buttons, and innumer- 
able other things must be altered. In the United 
States a change of administration causes none of 
these inconvenient changes. Our coins, stamps, 



federal writs, and government stationery are not 
affected by a change in the Presidency. Each form 
of government has its advantages, and this is one 
point in which the American system is more con- 
venient than the British. By and by, however, 
there will be a greater change than all of this. It 
will be when the Prince of Peace comes to Jerusa- 
lem, to reign over the earth for a period of one thou- 
sand years. There will then be a complete change 
in policy as well as in principle. Wars will cease. 
Warships will be converted into mercantile vessels; 
the great fort will be turned into something bene-, 
ficial to mankind. All the coins of earth may need 
other faces besides the present ones, there may be a 
change in the postage stamps, and a hundred other 
changes needful to show that Jesus is the sole Lord 
of earth and the defender of the faith. 



It would seem that we are on the eve of a period 
that is likely to shed some light on the origin of 
the mysterious ruins of Mexico, or at least a part of 
them. In Mexico are ancient ruins of immense 
cities, of whose builders we know absolutely noth- 
ing. Attempts will be made to trace the civiliza- 
tion of the people who once inhabited these cities 
to China. It is reported that some old records have 
been found in Pekin, China, proving that Mexico 
was discovered by Chinese missionaries fifteen hun- 
dred years ago, or about the latter part of the 
fourth century. About two years ago some ruins 
were uncovered at Sonora, a city on the Sonora 
river, in Northwestern Mexico, and tablets found 
containing Chinese characters. At the request of 
the Mexican government the inscriptions were 
translated by an old Chinaman. Putting these two 
discoveries together we have a clue that is likety to 
lead to further explorations among the ruins at 
Sonora. The Indians in the vicinity of Sonora 
have a tradition that a long time ago there came 
among them a man who taught their ancestors how 
to build stone houses. This may have been one of 
the Buddhist missionaries from China. All the 
learned world wants is a clue to these ruins and 
then the mystery of the wonderful past on this 
continent will, in a measure at least, be solved. 



The State of Utah is to try an experiment. The 
State has adopted a constitutional amendment per- 
mitting the people by vote to say what shall be law, 
and what shall not, This experiment will be 
watched with interest by the reformers of the Henry 
George school, and their critics as well, By this 
enactment, on the demand of a certain proportion 
of the voters, new legislation must be submitted to 
the people for approval or rejection, while a certain 
proportion of the voters of any county or town may 
reject legislation and cause it to be submitted to a 
local vote for adoption or rejection. The unfor- 
tunate feature of the experiment is that Utah is so 
completely under the domination of an unscrupu- 
lous religious hierarchy that it will be difficult to 
tell how far any results which follow come out of 
the legislation itself, or how much they have been 
affected by the intermeddling of Mormon priests. 
If, however, the new plan seems to work success- 
fully, it is quite sure to be tried by other States. 
Some of our people have suggested this method of 
determining what shall be the rule in the Brethren 
church. They think that matters of general impor- 
tance should be voted on by the different congrega- 
tions, and a final agreement reached in that way. 
We do not mean to express an opinion, but it is one 
of the coming questions in the civil as well as in the 
religious world. 




r^HB GOSPEL MESSIEITG-IEIR/. 



Feb. 2, 190 1. 



THE SPOILED PICTURE. 



last «hleh thou h«.l, that no m.n:i«ke )lh, cro, 
In quiet and secluded place 
A painter drew on canvas white 
A picture with such wondrous skill 
That each stroke seemed more true; 
Till some who gathered near 
Were 6lled with noble thoughts 
As he traced each stroke with skill. 
Then with easy steps and slow 
They stole away and gathered leaves 



01 la 



ath, 



• Wherewith to crown him ere the close of day. 
Meanwhile the artist's work went on, 
And when near the close of his day's work 
He gave just one false touch! ■ 

And they who came with wreath 
To crown him ere the close of day 
Beheld with pain and sadness 
The blot that marred the whole; 
Then turned away, and under foot 
Trod they the green leaves enwreathed 
That would have graced the victor's brow. 
And such methinks is life: 
A beauteous character we may paint, 
A beauteous life we may live; 
And ere its close, by one false stroke, 
Our brilliant life-work may be soiled, 
Our sun may set behind a cloud. 
Our friends who followed us, 
With benedictions on their lips. 
And wreaths entwined In hand, 
Shrink back with sadness at the sight 
Of moral wreck so near the prize, 

•WHAT SHALL I DO WITH ANNUAL MBBT- 
INQ DECISIONS?" 



BY L. W. TEETER. 

A few brethren seem to have misapprehended the 
general tenor of the article entitled as above, which 
appeared on page 758 of Gospel Messenger, No. 
48, Vol. 38. The first brother takes exception, in 
part, to the second and third propositions, quoting 
them and explaining as follows; 

" (2) He casts his vote to select the delegates to the District 
Conference. (3) He casts his vote to select from his home 
congregation the delegates to represent it at the General Con- 
While these propositions are in a sense true, it is 
also true that members often exercise their privilege 
under such restrictions as wholly to deprive them of 
representation. Let me illustrate. I believe the rul- 
ing of General Conference on the dress question is 
contrary to the teaching of the Scripture. I pre- 
pare my dissent to said ruling and ask my home 
congregation to send it through District Conference 
to General Conference. 

The home congregation grants my request and 
proceeds to choose delegates to District Conference 
and to General Conference. At this point our mod- 
erator instructs the congregation that they must se- 
lect members "who are in the order of the church" 
for delegates. Otherwise Jhey will not be accepted 
at District Conference and at General Conference. 
Under this instruction only such members as are 
known to be opposed to my petition can be selected 
for delegates. In turn the delegates to District 
Conference will choose a member of Standing Com- 
mittee who agrees with them. We now have the 
delegates to District Conference, the Standing Com- 
mittee, and the delegates to General Conference all 
chosen ~from those who are known to be opposed to 
my petition. 

Have I any cause under these circumstances to 
feel that my case has been prejudged? If so, should 
General Conference expect me to respect her de- 
cision? Under the same conditions would General 
Conference now favor missionary work or grant any 
concession to Sunday-school work? Under like 
conditions would it be possible for General Confer- 
ence to correct any error she may have fallen into? 
Will Bro. Teeter please answer through the Mes- 
senger? A. H. McKitrick. 
Ashland, Ohio. 



REMARKS. 

The exception here named hinges entirely upon 
what we may consider the duties, rights and privi- 
leges of delegates representing a church at District 
Conference, or General Conference, and of delegates 
representing a State District at General Conference. 
It also involves the question as to how much a 
church or District may require and expect of their 
delegates. Hence, to arrive at a conclusion of this 
question, we need to state a few self-evident laws 
governing delegates and their constituencies. 

(1) It is quite consistent for a congregation to 
select her delegates from that class of her member- 
ship who are in full sympathy with all the doctrines 
and practices recognized by the general church in 
her Conferences, or by general consent. It is equal- 
ly consistent for a State District Conference to rep- 
resent at General Conference under the same restric- 
tions. 

(2) A congregation or State District Conference 
should not select its delegates with a view of hav- 
ing them use their influence either for or against 
any open 'question that may be sent with them to a 
conference; that is, a question that is to be openly 
discussed at tlu conference at which they represent, 
whether District or General. 

(3) A congregation or District Conference should 
not instruct its delegates to use their influence, or 
cast their votes either for or against any open ques- 
tion that they, or any other delegates, from any 
other congregation or State District Conference 
may bring with them to a succeeding conference, 

(4) We must not lose sight of the great impor- 
tance of the public discussion at all conferences. It 
is the apostolic means of presenting the best scrip- 
tural reasons either for or against any question or 
query before congregations or conferences of dele- 
gates (see Acts 15: 1-29). Therefore, if congrega- 
tions or District Conferences should represent them- 
selves by delegates, with the expectation or instruc- 
tion that they should either favor or oppose any 
pending question, then of what use would the public 
discussion of such pending question be? If this 
were the rule to select delegates by congregations 
or District Conferences, then, surely, one could say 
that his claims were not represented and the decis- 
ion would be "prejudged" — pre-determined, so far 
as their constituencies were concerned. 

(5) What qualifications, then, must a delegate 
have that he may fairly represent his congregation 
or State District at Conference? (a) He should 
feel that he is a servant of God and responsible to 
him for all his work at Conference. (6) He should 
have a general knowledge of the Scriptures, (c) 
He should seek to be led by the Holy Spirit, (d) 
He should have good judgment,— able to discern a 
pertinent reason for or against any pending ques- 
tion, (e) He should have the manhood to let go 
his former position, when scriptural reasons are 
against it. (/) He should be ready to offer any 
scriptural reasons during the public discussion of 
questions, (g) He should be open to conviction, 
and ready for investigation. These qualifications 
will enable a delegate to do justice to any question 
entrusted to him to carry to a conference, even if it 
is squarely against his own former convictions. 
They will enable him to represent fairly and sincere- 
ly all the claims of any question that his constit- 
uency entrusted him with. In fact, he is under 
obligations to do so, both to the body sending him 
and also to the body to which he is sent. The body 
sending him has reasons to send certain questions 
by him; the body to which he is sent must know 
those reasons that they may be tested by the Scrip- 
tures. 

Hence, from all the foregoing, it is still apparent 
that the recognized qualifications of the church 1 
delegates are proper. Yet we should not overlook 
other very important qualifications, besides being 
in the order of the church in appearance and absti- 
nence from tobacco, etc. We may conclude here 
in Paul's style to Timothy: "This is a true saying, 
if a man desire the office of a" delegate, "he de- 
sireth a good work," but let him ever consider that 
there is much more to it than to be elected and 
sent. 



The second brother takes exception as follows: 
The Annual Meeting. 

In Gospel Messenger, page 758, of 1900, on the 
subject of "What Shall I Do With Annual Meeting 
Decisions?" the author, after noting the method of 
procedure in forming the decisions, sums up by say- 
ing, "This line of procedure is absolutely safe," and 
then adds, "In view of the foregoing regulations it 
must appear a very dangerous project to engage in pri- 
vate conversation, letter writing against, or in the pub- 
lication of any literature opposing a General Conference 
decision:' Now I believe that the visible church has 
power, when she exercises authority in harmony 
with the Gospel, and I strive to teach the expe- 
diency of recognizing that power. Yet I cannot 
accept the doctrine that prevents individual inter- 
pretation of the Scriptures as tending to disintegra- 
tion. Hence I ask, if the course, as indicated by 
our brother, had been observed by the Brethren who 
lived in the past generation, whether we would now 
be observing the present mode of feet-washing? 
Would we have our Sunday schools, our missions, 
etc.? In short, could there have been any steps 
taken, looking to a change when it seemed expedient 
to make one, except by speaking and writing? And 
has it not been the case in almost all of the 
changes that have taken place, that the first movers 
in the work have been classed by some as agitators? 
•In this age of investigation let us study and teach 
expediency in harmony with the spirit of the Gos- 
pel, as we must worship in spirit and truth. 

S. M. Eby. 

Jacksonville, Oregon. 

REMARKS. 

My dear brother argues that it was agitation of 
certain subjects that caused reformations in the past 
on those subjects. We may admit that the Lord 
can overrule agitations and bring about good, but 
not out of the agitations. The spirit of agitation is 
not the best church spirit. It oftener results in 
much damage than in much good. It is certainly 
very apparent to every careful thinker that if any 
and every member of the church be allowed to talk 
or in any way publish positions on questions con- 
trary to the recognized decisions of the Conference 
on those questions, much confusion would result. 
This is true from the fact that almost every one has 
some power to draw disciples after him. The final 
result would be a sectional feeling all over the mem- 
bership. The better course still remains. If a 
brother or sister thinks of an improvement that the 
Scriptures would warrant, let him or her study the 
question in hand well and prayerfully; then let a 
paper be formulated giving plainly the amendment 
with scriptural reasons, and let such paper be sub- 
mitted to the local church to forward to the next 
ensuing District Conference, and on to General 
Conference. Here, in his own home congregation, 
the querist has the privilege of free speech in behalf 
of his paper. Here he has a legal right to submit 
his best efforts to sustain his claims. If the paper 
goes to District Conference, he has another such 
opportunity. If it goes to the General Conference, 
he has a third opportunity to speak his convictions. 
If his paper fails to pass finally, he should patiently 
submit. If he is not satisfied, the way is open for 
him to persevere in the same course. If his paper 
passes, he has proved himself a blessing to the 
whole church, without crippling his personal influ- 
ence, because he has taken the recognized course to 
bring about the desired end. 
Hagerstown, Ind. 



WARS— ANCIENT AND MODERN. 



In Two Parts Part Two. 

" They that take the sword shall perish by the sword." 
When we come to consider the subject of modern 
warfare, we are primarily impressed with the re- 
markable fact of the great improvements, made in 
the implements of human destruction, over the rude 
weapons wielded by the warriors of ancient times! 
It would seem that the genius of the present civilized, 



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not to say Christian, age runs riot in the invention 
and perfecting of death-dealing weapons. It would 
seem that the prophecy was reversed, and that the 
pruning-hooks were fashioned into swords, the plow- 
shares into bowie knives, and the church going, 
Sabbath bells melted up and moulded into cannon. 
Every arm of modern military service is supplied, 
cap-a-pie, with the most deadly weapons of destruc- 
tion ever known in any age of the world. Compare, 
for example, a modern regiment of infantry with its 
Mauser or Craig-Jorgenson rifles, with " the old 
Continentals, in their ragged regimentals," under 
Washington and Green! Their smooth-bored, flint- 
lock muskets, charged with round ball, would seem 
like schoolboy popguns alongside the deadly Win- 
chester of the present day. Then think of the Ro- 
man soldier, Caesar's invincible legions, armed with 
short sword, spear, and battle-axe! 

Back farther still, when savage tribes met in dead- 
ly conflict, armed with bows and arrows, war-clubs 
and tomahawks! Yet, after all, these improved 
implements of slaughter serve more surely to shorten 
the duration of wars. Thus modern military science, 
with its destructive weapons, renders modern wars 
short, sharp and decisive. This is an important 
gain over the conflicts of ancient times, and is in the 
interests of humanity in the saving of human life. 
Modern warfare presents some other striking advan- 
tages over the earlier conflicts of the race. For in- 
stance, as against the savage cruelty and remorse- 
less butcheries of ancient times, we no longer be- 
hold the shocking murders of prisoners of war, the 
slaughter of unarmed citizens, of defenseless and 
helpless women and children; to say nothing of bar- 
barities, worse than death, inflicted upon the gentler 
sex. Neither does modern warfare sanction, or 
permit, the wanton destruction of temples and 
shrines— consecrated to Art; nor the sacrilegious 
plunder or defilement of houses dedicated to the 
worship of God. Private property is respected by 
the rules of modern warfare. We speak not now of 
Indian wars, or of guerrilla depredations, which are 
nothing more or less than savagery, without its ex- 
cuse. 

Ancient wars were often entered upon without the 
slightest pretext of necessity, but merely at the 
whim, caprice, or unhallowed ambition of despotic 
power. Thus were innocent and unoffensive na- 
tions plunged into cruel conflicts which ended in 
the desolation and ruin of their once peaceful and 
prosperous homes. No pen can portray the wide- 
spread horror that closes in a country given over to 
the "iron hoof of war!" 

" With fire and sword the country round. 
Was wasted far and wide — 
And many a nursing mother then, 
And new-born baby died." 

The cry of the orphan and the wail of the widow 
were drowned amid the thunder of hostile guns, and 
the tramp of victorious legions. Of old war seemed 
the chosen theater on whose broad stage the lust of 
power, the greed of conquest, the love of martial 
display, and the unholy ambitions of the human 
heart found the most congenial field. These were 
the motives that stirred the bosoms of kings and 
conquerors of old, and bade them 

"Wade through slaughter to a throne, 
And shot the gates of mercy on mankind." 

All wars, in their general features at least, are the 
same. War is, in fact, the quintessence of cruelty. 
It cannot be refined. War is unworthy of the civili- 
zation of the age. But, in a general sense, and in 
their ultimate result, modern wars have been a ben- 
efit to the race. In many instances they have been 
inaugurated as aerator against some great national 
wrong. They have been entered into ofttimes in 
the interests of human liberty as against the en- 
croachments and oppressions of tyrannic power. 
And they have resulted in larger liberty, both civil 
and religious, to mankind. Freedom of speech, 
freedom of the press, liberty of conscience, religious 
tolerance, have all, time and again, been secured 
and maintained by the sword. In many lands the 
sword has carved out the path for freedom's step 
and laid the foundation walls of the school and the 



church. The arts of peace, like the fabled Phcenix 
of old, have risen to new life and beauty from the 
ashes and smoke of towns and cities given over to 
the pitiless torch and to the devouring sword. It is 
this resurrection from the desolations of war that 
makes beautiful the pages of human history, and it 
is the only thing that can make war justifiable, or 
tolerable, in the sight of God or man. 

In the mysterious providence of God, and in the 
evolution of his hidden and unknown plans toward 
the race, he maketh even the wrath of man to praise 
him. May we not then fondly hope that, with the 
opening light of the new century, upon whose con- 
fines our feet have just entered, the lovers of peace 
in all Christian lands may enter with renewed hope 
and courage upon a relentless crusade against all 
wars? We shall thus vindicate the peaceable doc- 
trines of him whose footsteps we profess to follow. 
No Christian should engage in war, or encourage it 
in others. We can not shed the blood of our fellow- 
man for whom Christ died on the cross. Christian 
nations should cease to engage in war. They 
should sheathe the avenging sword. Let them sub- 
mit their differences and their disputes to the arbi- 
tration of disinterested powers, and abide the de- 
cisions of these just and impartial courts. Let war 
be shorn of its thin veil of "pomp and show." Let 
the curtain be lifted from the ghastly spectacle of 
the battlefield. Look over the ground crimson with 
the life-blood of the beardless youths of the land! 
Follow the circling flight of the loathsome vulture 
as he marks his prospective feast! See the ghastly 
rows of blackened corpses rotting in the sunl O 
what a spectacle for angels and men! Alasl 
" Man's inhumanity to man 
Makes countlesl thousanda mourn." 

God speed the day when wars shall curse the earth 
no more. O, what a glad time that would be! 
when the songs of peace should fill every land. 
How celestial harps would catch up the glad refrain, 
and the very vaults of heaven re-echo the grand 
anthem of universal peacel Then, indeed, should 
we look for a new heaven and a new earth, wherein 
should dwell righteousness and peace for evermore. 
Memphis, Tenn. 



A "HOUSE TO HOUSE" RBLIQION.— Acta ao: Jo. 



BY LANDON WEST. 



The census of the United States for 1890 gives for 
the nation 143 denominations; for one denomina- 
tion 231 distinct or separate congregations; and for 
all denominations 156 independent or separate con- 
gregations; but in all no less than 530 distinct styles 
or kinds of religion for the one nation, while the 
census for 1900, now being reported, may give as 
many more. And while the nation with its millions 
of people is running rapidly into the use of one lan- 
guage, it at the same time is running at a higher 
rate, into a confusion of religions, even greater than 
the confusion of tongues named in Gen. II; 1-9. 

But with all the variety as yet presented in the 
form and spirit of the nation's religions, there is 
little yet of that style of religion set forth by our 
noble Master when on the earth, and by Paul when 
at Ephesus, as described in Acts 20: 20. That was 
the style then in place, before houses of worship 
had been erected, and it met the need of all classes, 
in that age of the world, being adopted by our Lord 
and his followers at the very beginning of the Chris- 
tian era; because it was the one plan that enabled 
its people to make the most out of their circum- 
stances, and that, too, with little labor, time or cost. 
It was what they had at hand, and could use on the 
moment; and having been thus begun and enjoyed, 
it gave opportunity for Christianity to make a noble 
beginning on earth; to start its schools for the teach- 
ing and training of both minds and hearts, and that, 
too, for both old and young. 

And it is one system with the adoption or age of 
which, although now entering into the twentieth 
century of its existence, the human race are in no 
wise wearied; for it gave to the private dwellings of 
Palestine what has never yet been given to a church 
service on the earth,— namely, the presence and 



blessings of both the Son and the Spirit of God. 
And the assurance given in Matt. 18: 20 is in no 
sense worn out by time or use, although tested for 
ages, under the most trying circumstances, in the 
various nations, and by all the races. It even grows 
stronger, as it grows older, and has all its virtue 
still to give to those who now meet for worship in a 
private dwelling, as at the beginning. It yet affords 
joy to all who partake of it, for it enables all to 
meet and worship God in spirit and in truth, as 
sought for at the beginning, and still sought wher- 
ever they can be found. John 4: 23, 24. And if 
God's people can yet have a revival of this, the 
primitive style of religion, all hearts will be made 
happy, God's name will be glorified as at no time 
yet on earth, all souls will be enlivened and enlight- 
ened; while no one will be injured, and many hun- 
gry, starving ones, that now seldom hear a hymn or 
a prayer, save their own, will be made to feast on 
the Word, the Bread of Eternal Life. Deut. 8; 3; 
Psa. 104: 15; John 6; 35. 

The danger now at hand is that people with free 
speech and free grace, besides an abundance of the 
blessings of life, may run into heathenism and idol- 
atry here in a so-called Christian nation, and before 
they are aware of it, all because they forget and 
fail to thank him who gives even " showers of bless- 
ings " (Ezek. 34: 26), and because they do not 
choose to attend and take part in worship either at 
their homes or at church; while they thus bury their 
talents that God has given them; when, if they had a 
Paul, or some other worker for God to visit them at 
their houses, and call their attention to the Word of 
Life and the service of God, to sing and to pray 
with them, or simply to invite them into the church 
service, it would open a new day in their lives, and 
on the earth, both for time and also for eternity. 

There are thousands of people in our nation of 
free States, who do not seem to know, or even to 
care what talents they possess. In fact but few, if 
any, of us now know what talents we have; and 
much less do we know what work for good we could 
do, until we have heard something to call out the 
talent and force now dormant, and put these in 
place and into action. This, if once done, and peo- 
ple are awakened to a sense of their duty especially 
in the work and service of God, many would indeed 
be a surprise to themselves. Job 24: 13. And 
there is no better way to call out the millions of 
talents now buried and hidden than to have the 
workers for Christ's kingdom on earth visit all fam- 
ilies, from "house to house" as did Paul, and thus 
seek by all means to find, and to call out. the forces 
now asleep. And when these are found and once 
put to grow and to work for God's great name on 
earth, it is to give a force for good that will move 
the world and will be felt by all people. And let 
no one say this or that cannot be done, for the gifts 
and powers that God has given so freely to man- 
kind have not yet been tested; and no one but God 
knows what blessings the world has; nor can the 
force of these be known until put into action and 
tested, as we treat and test the various styles of ma- 
chinery. In fact not many of those who profess to 
have and to practice the Christian religion seem to 
know what talents they possess, which is not at all 
to be wondered at, when so many scores of gifts and 
talents are left unimproved and lost, and there is 
no system or plan to bring them out; thus wasting 
the blessings of God, that are given both for those 
in church fellowship, and also for the light of those 
outside of it. Matt. 6: 23. 

But let me suggest to all those who wish to see a 
revival of the apostolic religion on earth, and in all 
our congregations, that all the workers for God be- 
gin now with a " house-to-house " religion, like 
Paul when at Ephesus, and visit both neighbors and 
strangers, old and young, the black and the white, 
both in towns, villages and cities, with those in the 
country; and by kindness, courtesy and true friend- 
ship show that you love them and wish their happi- 
ness and welfare as well as your own. Read to 
them from God's Book, and if suitable sing and 
pray with those who are aged or afflicted, and invite 
all to church service; and when at church do not 
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religion is intended for the street, the farm, and the 
kitchen, as well as for the house of God. Try by all 
means to show to all who attend the public service 
that you wish each one to feel that he is welcome. 
And that, too, to share all the blessings which the 
house, the Book and the service of God have to 
give them. And with a few lessons of this kind 
houses of worship will be filled, the flocks will be 
enlarged, and all hearts and homes will be made 
happier, with injury to no one, but to the one ene- 
my of all, and no time lost, and little, if any, money 
spent. 

And one thing I will yet name for this heavenly 
style of religion is that it does not cost money, and 
all can bestow and share of its blessings and com- 
forts, no matter if old or young, sick or well, rich 
or poor, or lame or blind; learned or unlearned; 
they can all taste of its joys, and that too " without 
money or price," Isa. 55: 1; if we only have some- 
one in each neighborhood with enough of the Spirit 
of God in them to give it another start on the earth. 
James 3: 5, And I ask: Can we not have another 
move made in that direction, and for that' purpose? 
The religion that is strong enough to spread from 
" house to house " is always of sufficient strength to 
be felt in that neighborhood, in that school district 
and township, as well as in a few private dwellings, 
giving even a movement toward that period when 
peace and heaven shall rule over all lands and in all 
the earth. Lev. 26; 3-6; Psa. 29: 11; 37: 11; Isa. 9: 
7; 26: 1-3; 54: 13; 66: 10-12; Zech. 9: 10; Luke 2: 14; 
Rev. 19: 15, 16. 

And see what a happy agreement with the " pure 
and undefiled religion " described by James in 3: 27. 
And this glorious condition for society in both 
church and state is what we all ask for when we 
Bay: " Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done on 
the earth, as in heaven." Matt. 6: 10. And we 
ought all to show that we really wish for its com- 
ing, because we both ask and also work for it that 
it may come; while it makes good members of the 
household, good neighbors, good citizens, good and 
zealous members of the congregation; and good 
workers for our Lord's kingdom on earth, even 
working " together with God." 2 Cor. 6: 1. 



WHAT CONSTITUTES (iOSPEL RELIGION ? 

BY D. A. NORCROSS. 

I. Religion of the head. A man must have an in- 
tellectual knowledge of God sufficiently enlight- 
ened to know what is required of him in order to 
become a child of God by adoption, in other words, 
what he must do to have his past sins remitted. 
Many persons have this knowledge and by their 
actions indicate that they are satisfied simply with 
head religion. The devils believed and trembled. 
James 2: 19, Felix trembled and answered: " Go 
thy way for this time," etc. Acts 24: 25. Paul 
said: " King Agrippa, believest thou the prophets? 
I know that thou believest. Then Agrippa said 
unto Paul, Almost thou persuadest me to be 
a Christian." Acts 26: 27, 28. When the rich 
young ruler asked the Savior what he should do to 
inherit eternal life, earnest .and humble as he ap- 
peared to be, when the Savior answered him he 
went away sorrowful. Luke iS: 18. These persons 
all had enough head religion and were even awak- 
ened to a sense of their duty, but they were not 
saved from their past sins, but their responsibilities 
were increased— the Gospel stood as a witness 
against them. " To him that knoweth to do good, 
and doeth i^not, to him it is sin." James 4: 17. It 
would have been better for them had they not 
known their duty. "If I had not come and spok- 
en unto them, they had not had sin; but now they 
have no cloak for their sin." John 15: 22:9:41; 
Acts 17: 30. 

2. Religion of the heart. Heart purified *' by faith." 
Acts 15: 9. "Born again, not of corruptible seed, 
but incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth 
and abideth forever." 1 Peter 1: 23. "Purged 
from our sins." Heb. 1:3. Heart swept and gar- 
nished. Luke 11: 25. Prepared for the Holy Spir- 
it to enter and dwell therein. " God will give the 



Holy Spirit to them that ask him." Luke 11: 13. 
A babe in Christ—a newborn soul into the kingdom 
and patience of Jesus Christ— translated from the 
kingdom of darkness into the kingdom of God's 
dear Son. Col. 1: 13 Now the words of the Gos- 
pel come, "Go on unto perfection." Heb. 6: I. 
Does the expression, " Go on unto perfection," 
mean to come or draw near to perfection? If it 
does, how are we to understand Eph. 4: 11-16? 

3. Religion of the life. The man must not only 
have "his heart purified by faith, purged from sin, 
swept and garnished, but he must be in the posses- 
sion of the Holy Spirit promised and of a faith that 
works,— works by love. Gal. 5: 16. Yes, by a love 
that never faileth. 1 Cor. 13: 8. The will and the 
do that God works in man with his good pleasure, 
will work out with pleasure in the shape of a 
good life, giving the fruits of his faith to the world 
in a living example, in a life-size and in a living 
form. He thus "purifies his soul (life) in obeying 
the truth, through the Spirit unto unfeigned love of 
the brethren." 1 Peter 1: 22, He enjoys work- 
n the gospel rule of addition — adds to his faith 
virtue (courage), which includes the do of religion, 
and to this courage, knowledge, which is the ex- 
perience of religion. " If any man will do his will, 
he shall know of the doctrine " (John 7: 17); and to 
this knowledge, temperance, self-mastery or self- 
:ontrol, etc. 2 Peter 1: 5-8. " If these things be in 
lim and abound, he will not be barren or unfruitful 
n the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ, and 
shall never fall;" hence will be blessed with a reli- 
gion that will not be found wanting when weighed 
n the balance of justice in that great day. But the 
man that is satisfied with head and heart religion, 
and is not willing, from a heart of love, to work out 
in the shape of a good life the will and the do that 
God with his good pleasure works in him, utterly 
fails to purify his soul (life) in obeying the truth, 
fails to add to his faith the Christian graces, will 
very soon become so dim-sighted that he can't see 
afar off and will forget something, yes, forget that " he 
was purged from his old sin." 

Then may we, like our aged brother, Cyrus Hoov- 
er, elder of the Wooster church, who recently fell 
asleep in Jesus, give diligence to make our calling 
and election sure. The head, heart and life religion 
ran like a golden thread through the every-day af- 
fairs of his life, thus wielding a blessed influence 
over the lives of others. Having a faith that 
worked by love, a love that never fails, he made 
his life and personal influence more brilliant than 
his speeches. The controlling motive of his heart 
was to glorify God in every duty of life and to 
avoid any thing that had the appearance of incon- 
sistency with his relationship to the Lord Jesus. 
Being a stranger and a sojourner in this section I 
often became lonely, so quite frequently wended 
my way to see Grandpa Hoover, as he was com- 
monly called, and I am glad to say that my short 
acquaintance and association with him have been 
a benediction to me. He would freely and calmly 
speak of his approaching death — perfectly re- 
signed, willing to live, willing to die; made his will 
the Lord's will. 

" Mark the perfect man, and behold the upright 
man; for the end of that man is peace." Psa. 37: 
37, The fear and gloom of death were destroyed 
by the comforts and sweet promises of the Gospel, 
His long illness gave him much time for reflection 
and a fitting opportunity to make death and eter- 
nity themes of much meditation, thus becoming so 
familiar with the face of that last enemy that he en- 
tertained no fears that his faith would fail while 
crossing death's rolling stream, which lay between 
him and the home of his soul. He enjoyed talking 
of heaven and heavenly things, and he said to me 
one day: " Brother Norcross, since my confinement 
to the house I have had such a good opportunity for 
meditation and reflection, and when I think of the 
goodness of God and the simple means of salvation I 
am more than ever made to wonder why so many 
put off their return to God until they are old, and 
why so many never confess Christ at all," 

O, may one of our daily requests be to God, for a 
pure and undefiled religion of the head, heart and 



the life, that we may be willing constantly to say, 
Lord, thy will be done in us and by us that thy 
name may be glorified in us and by us, so that when 
death begins to play with our heartstrings and our 
breath begins to fail and our eyes grow dim we will 
be encouraged to descend with confidence into 
death's chilling stream and commit ourselves to 
the waves, knowing that Jesus the Star of Promise, 
the Christian's best friend, is shining upon the dark 
waters, saying, " Be of good cheer, it is /.- be riot 
afraid, for /am the resurrection and the life." So 
when Jesus comes to ransom his saints from death's 
power and the grave's possession, we can with the 
redeemed sing that triumphant song of praise, " O 
death! where w thy sting? O gravel where is thy 
victory? Thanks be to God who giveth us the 
victory through Jesus Christ our Lord." 1 Cor. 15: 

55-57- 

Smitkville, Ohio. 



BRIEF REMINISCENCES OF SO HE PREACHERS 
WHOM I HAVE KNOWN. 



Frederick P. Loehr. 

Frederick P. Loehr was the first elder of the 
Solomon's Creek congregation, after" its organiza- 
tion back in the " fifties." He was small of stature, 
reminding me of what I once heard Elder Saylor 
say in regard to the Apostle Paul, when some one 
alluded to a change of name being brought about by 
his conversion. Saidhe: " He thinks his conversion 
changed his name from Saul to that of Paul. In 
this he is mistaken; both names signify little." 
And he held out his hand and said; " History tells us 
that in stature he was a small man." So was Elder 
Loehr a small man. He possessed a heavy beard 
which was well sprinkled with gray. He shaved 
the upper lip. This he always advocated, as he 
said, in token of our imperfection. Naturally he 
was kind, pleasant and friendly, recognizing the 
poor as well as the more wealthy, and always ready 
to speak words of good cheer and encourage- 
ment. 

Elder Loehr's ministerial labors were much ap- 
preciated. His sermons were not simply scriptural 
narratives, but they contained things " new and 
old." A text was, in a plain wa"y, opened up with 
new ideas and new thoughts, furnishing not only 
food for the intellect but for the soul. We always 
enjoyed the services when Elder Loehr conducted 
them. 

By the way, I give this little incident to show 
how easily we may be thrown off the line of thought 
in preaching. On one occasion while engaged in 
delivering a discourse he undertook to do the part 
of an usher in pointing out seats for ?ome persons 
who had just entered the house, and in so doing he 
lost the thread of his discourse and when he re- 
sumed it he said in an undertone to a brother by 
his side, " I've lost the string; " but just at that mo- 
ment it came to him and he said, " O, I have it," 
and proceeded as though nothing had happened. 

He was in his element when engaged in the sing- 
ing service. He would usually hold his little hymn 
book with both hands close to his face, — seemingly 
he was a little near-sighted, — and sing with great 
earnestness. A favorite with him was the mission 
ary hymn, 

" From Greenland's icy mountains, - 
From India's coral strand." 

This he often led in singing as if by an eye of faith 
he could behold the efforts and labors of the church 
in sending the Gospel to heathen lands. What a 
joy it would be to him if now living to realize that 
slowly but surely the Gospel, pure and simple, 
is being carried almost to " Greenland's icy moun- 
tains," as well as to " India's coral strand." When 
he did not lead in singing he always carried the 
bass. In this he delighted and was as well pleased 
as in leading. 

He was born in Germany, and when a young man 
he came to this country. He possessed a good ed- 
ucation and was brought up in the Lutheran faith; 
and if I mistake not he was being educated for the 



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Lutheran ministry. But his coming here changed 
ail his plans as well as his faith or church polity. 
It came about something like this. Elder Henry 
Kurtz came from Germany and settled in Pittsburg, 
Pa., as pastor of a Lutheran congregation, and be- 
coming acquainted with the Brethren's understand- 
ing of the Gospel he carefully studied it and be- 
came fully convinced that they were right, and ac- 
cordingly left his church and cast his lot with the 
Brethren. This created much dissatisfaction and 
ill feeling among his friends and relatives back in 
the " Vaterland " and they began to devise ways 
and means to convince him of his great mistake. 
Frederick being well educated and a cousin to Sis- 
ter Kurtz, they selected him for the purpose, and 
being anxious for the encounter he accordingly 
made every preparation he thought necessary suc- 
cessfully to meet and overcome all the arguments of 
Brother Kurtz. As he said, he " came to America 
with his pockets filled with papers and documents," 
and the warning of his friends ringing in his ears, 
" Be careful; he is as subtile as a snake." Satisfied 
that he could soon convince Brother Kurtz of his 
error, he at once sought him out and began the 
task. But it did not take long until he himself was 
completely convinced that Brother Kurtz was right 
and he was wrong. He would tell with great ear- 
nestness how easily Bro. Kurtz knocked all his 
props from under him. This brought about a 
change in faith, and it was not long until he was 
called to the ministry in the Brethren church. 

He served frequently on the Standing Committee, 
was the first clerk of District Meeting of Northern 
Indiana, and when given the privilege to choose an 
assistant, a reading clerk, without looking over the 
congregation he named the brother next to him at 
his right. He spent the last years of his life in the 
State of Michigan, where he rests in peace until 
called forth by Gabriel's trumpet in the resurrection 

New Pans, Ind. 



BY HANNAH SMITH. 



Among the experiences that many of the servants 
of God must undergo is that of isolation from kin- 
dred associations. Being at present isolated from 
all old friends and relatives (which to me has al- 
ways been a somewhat sad experience), I realize 
along with this a more solemn isolation — the isola- 
tion from those of like precious faith, from meeting 
in the public assembly with the dear ones with 
whom we have often met in the house of the Lord, 
where, with the cares and annoyances of life laid 
aside for awhile, we felt the presence of the Lord in 
blessing our soul. And as we feasted on the spirit- 
ual manna we felt that it was good for us to be 
there. 

We did not then think that in a few years we 
should look back over those meetings of rejoicing 
in the God of our salvation and realize that he was 
then preparing us with an increase of faith and 
knowledge that would enable us to undergo experi- 
ences of quite a different nature from this one we 
so much enjoyed, and did not want to think of its 
ending while life lasted in this tenement of clay. 
We felt too insignificant to think the Lord had any- 
thing for us to do but to perform these pleasant 
services and keep our life uncontaminated by sin, 
not fully realizing the meaning of self-denial. So, 
with brothers and sisters, father and mother to cheer 
us through the week, and multiplied numbers of fa- 
thers and mothers in Israel, and numerous brethren 
and sisters in the Lord, to greet us in the public 
assembly of the saints, we felt pretty secure on 
these " flowery beds of ease " with so many pillars 
to hold us up. But one by one these pillars were 
removed till we began to ask ourselves this ques- 
tion, 

" Can we stand for Christ 
Though we stand alone? " 

and this evening as the sun is going down the west- 
ern horizon we ask, Why can we not stand alone for 
Christ, 



But another engaging question: Why am I here 
as it were alone in a place where the Brethren seem 
to be almost unknown or unheard of? Has the 
Lord anything for me to do here? What can I do 
here isolated from my brethren and sisters in 
Christ? How helpless we feel when we are thus 
alone! But courage whispers, What could the 
faithful, beloved John do when alone on the island 
of Patmos, banished from all human society? We 
naturally think he must have felt very lonely in his 
isolation, but a little consideration makes us think 
that he had no time to feel lonesome. God was his 
companion there, unfolding the future to him, and 
had that faithful disciple of the Lord not been cast by 
persecutors on that isolated island I fear we should 
not have that beautiful though in some respects sad 
and mysterious book of Revelation from God. We 
might have none of its consolations and descriptions 
of the beautiful beyond. And I fear father could not 
have selected that beautiful text, " Blessed are the 
dead which die in the Lord," for the minister to 
console us from the day we laid our mother in the 
grave, and comprehended to some extent the decla- 
ration, " Dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou re- 
turn." Neither should we have those instructive, 
consoling, hope-inspiring epistles that Paul the 
faithful servant and martyr of Christ wrote, had he 
not been isolated from the main body of believers. 
We might refer to other instances of isolation of 
the servants of the Lord, who realized the truthful- 
ness of his promise — " Lo, I am with you alway, 
even unto the end of the world." This is the Lord 
Jesus' promise to those who keep his command- 
ments; and trusting in his Word we will abide his 
time with the hope that some day we shall again 
enjoy the society of those of " like precious faith." 

At present we desire to sit at Jesus' feet and look 
into his tender, loving face till, if possible, his im- 
age is reflected in our own, so that our life will shed 
a ray of light that may at least cause some wanderer 
in darkness to seek that " Light which lighteth 
every man that cometh into the world." 

Charleroi, Pa., R, D. 27. 



SALVATION BY (JRACE. 



BY W. S. LEDFETTER. 

" By grace are ye saved." Eph. 2: 5, 8. The 
question is: Are we saved by grace alone, separate 
and apart from works? If so, then why did Paul 
tell us in the same chapter, verse ten, that we are his 
workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good 
works, which God hath before ordained that we 
should walk in them? 

Now we believe that we are saved by grace, or, in 
other words, by becoming submissive and obedient 
to the will with which God has favored os. 
Paul here is speaking of the main cause that had 
effected our deliverance, and did not intend to 
convey the idea of deliverance of those who are dis- 
obedient. We learn from John 3: io that God so 
loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, 
that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, 
but have everlasting life. Now love produces fa- 
vor; hence God so loved us, the workmanship of his 
own hands, that he favored us with the gift of his 
Son to satisfy the law and to break down the middle 
wall of partition between the Gentiles and the Jews 
and to make it possible for all to be saved that will 
to be saved. Hence he has become the end of the 
law for righteousness to everyone that believeth, 
that the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled 
in us who walk not after the flesh, but after the 
Spirit. 

Christ was the very righteousness of the law and 
taught the spirit and not the letter of the law. 
Therefore when the Word, which is the quickening 
power, enters a good and honest heart the enmity 
of that heart is slain and the individual fulfills the 
law that is the royal law, as love is the fulfilling of 
that law. He begins to love God and to love his 
fellow-man, and hence fulfills that law, and by bap- 
tism puts on Christ who is the righteousness of the I 



law that is the royal law, and is raised in newness of 
life to walk with Christ in the perfect law of liberty. 
Therefore he begins to look into that law and finds 
that it is not the hearer only that shall be justified, 
but the doer. Therefore he begins to live out the 
righteousness of the royal law and to manifest in 
his life the will of the Father that he may carry out 
the injunction, " If you love me, keep my com- 
mandments," and after doing all he can he yet feels 
that he is unprofitable, and then realizes that he is 
indeed and in truth saved by grace. That is, his 
salvation is the result of divine favor. 
Butterfly, Tenn. 



•• WHAT SHALL WB DO FOR OUR YOUNO 
MBMBBRS?" 

BY FLORA B. TBAGUE. 

An interesting question-and by no means a local 
one— was discussed at our last Bible term. It was 
the question that appears at the head ■of this arti- 
cle. Doubtless it confronts every church today as 
a serious problem. So far it has been an unsettled 
one. It was not settled in our meeting, My object 
in writing this article is to get our Brotherhood 
stirred up on this question, so that some plan may 
be placed before us whereby we may save our chil- 
dren to the church. 

Our daughters are not so hard to hold, Women 
seem naturally religious. But what of our sons? 
Every allurement is thrown out to draw them away 
from the plain and simple Bible teaching of pious 
fathers and mothers. 

When almost three-fourths of our congregations 
and members are made up of women, there is cause 
for alarm. Men are not so scarce, but where are 
they? Go into our villages, and our towns, and our 
cities. You will see them there in the streets; you 
will see them in the opera and variety houses; you 
will see them in the dancing halls; and you will find 
them in the lodge rooms, in other questionable 
places, in low dens of vice, in the club room, in the 
gambling dens and where not? What is to be 
done? What do you have to offer instead of these 
sin-attractive places? Even our young brethren 
sometimes grow cold and then allow themselves to 
be attracted by the world's allurements. What are 
we to do for them? "Give them work," you say. 
Yes; we all have said that many times; but where is 
the work you have for them? What are you going 
to give them? A satisfactory answer to these ques- 
tions will be hailed with delight by many, I am 
sure. Who will be the first to respond? 

Mt. Morris, III. 



THE SOUL'S RESPONSE TO BIBLE TRUTH. 

BY EDWARD FRANTZ. 

One of the remarkable things about the Bible is 
what may be called its self-evidencing power, its 
power to win the assent of the moral judgment of 
men. Not that the teaching of the Bible is what 
the carnal nature of man would like to believe, but 
that it is what the better nature of man compels 
him to believe. Even when condemning their 
conduct in severest terms, men feel that the ideal 
of life presented in the Bible is the true one. 

It strikes and sets in vibration the soul's deepest 
chords; it appeals to the living conscience of men. 
That is to say, one of the strongest proofs of the 
truth and divine origin of the Bible lies in the re- 
sponse which that truth finds in the human heart. 

McPherson, Kans. 



Geographical statistics show that fifty-two vol- 
canic islands have risen out of the sea since the be- 
ginning of the century. Nineteen of that number 
have since disappeared, and ten are now inhabited. 



As things go now, our life in the world is di- 
ded up into compartments, one for business, one 

for politics, one for pleasure and rather a small one 

for religion.— F.Ji. Coyle. 



THUS GOSPEL MB3SENGEB. 



Feb. 2, 1901. 



PREACHERS' DEPARTMENT. 



Sermon Thoughts, Homilitical Soogmtions and Aids 

FOR THK MlNTSTBR. 



PULPIT MAQIC.-No. : 



BY EDWARD FRANTZ. 



Taking some simple historical statement and 
" spiritualizing " it is a common method of forcing 
a text to yield up a sermon which is not in it. Ex- 
odus 3: 2 will afford an illustration. Since the less 
attention paid to the context the better for the pur- 
pose in hand, the preacher reads as little of it as he 
can get along with. Besides, he considers it a 
greater display of skill to get a long sermon out of 
a short text. The text is this: "The bush burned 
with fire, and the bush was not consumed." The 
bush, he explains, is the church, and the fire is the 
persecution and trials of every kind which the 
church must pass through, and the meaning is that 
in the midst of all these trials the church remains 
unharmed. 

Now this is certainly a pretty idea, and it would 
be a dull preacher who could not wax eloquent with 
such an inspiring theme. But must pretty ideas 
and inspiring themes be had at the expense of 
mangling Scripture like this? If one wishes to 
preach on the indestructibleness of the church of 
God, he can find plenty of Scripture which actually 
does teach this great truth. And it would even be 
better to preach a sermon without any text at all 
than to tack it on to one with which it has no real 
connection. 

The Jewish rabbis were the inventors of this al- 
legorizing exegesis, and they were copied by many 
of the early Christian fathers. The Jewish philoso- 
pher Philo thus explains the narrative of Abraham's 
migration to Canaan: By Abraham's country Moses 
means the body, and by his kindred the senses, and 
the meaning of the story is that we should renounce 
the life of the senses and live upon a higher spirit- 
ual plane.. 

Seldom, at the present day, do we meet with such 
gross perversion as this, but the influence of this 
method of dealing with Scripture still lingers in 
much of our "practical applications" and " draw- 
ing lessons." Because the spiritual truth is the ul- 
timate thing in Bible study, it does not follow that 
we are to extort at all hazards some spiritual les- 
son from every single verse. When we are dealing 
with historical material, instead of applying un- 
natural and mystical meanings to the narrative, let 
us seek to discover the real significance of the 
event described, in its relation to the great story of 
God's revelation of himself to the human mind. 
Indeed the grandest spiritual lessons of the Bible 
are those which come, not from single verses, but 
from new glimpses of God's methods in the educa- 
tion of man. 

When we are studying a text, or any passage of 
Scripture, let us be satisfied with the meaning 
which the sacred writer himself put into it. It is 
good enough; we need not try to improve it. 
Above all things let us be honest with God's Word. 
Let us not play the magician. 

McP/urson, Kans. 



Krummachkr has a pleasant little fable with a 
suggestion. When Zaccheus was old he still dwelt 
in Jericho, humble and pious before God and man. 
Every morning at sunrise he went out into the fields 
for a walk, and he always came back with a calm 
and happy mind. His wife wondered where he went. 
One morning she secretly followed him. He went 
straight to the tree from which he first saw the 
Lord. Hiding herself, she watched him. He took 
a pitcher, and carrying water, he poured it about the 
tree's roots which were getting dry in the sultry cli- 
mate. He pulled up some weeds here and there. 
He passed his hand fondly over the old trunk. 
Then he looked up at the place among the branches 
where he had sat when he first saw Jesus. With a 
smile of gratitude he went back to his home. His 
wife asked him why he took such care of the old 
tree. His quiet answer was, " It was that tree which 
brought me to Him whom my soul loveth." 



THE ♦ SUNDAY ♦ SCHOOL. 



LESSON LIGHT-FLASHES. 



Parable of the Talents.— Matt. 35: 14-30. 



Lesson for Feb. 10, igoi. 



We, perhaps, have no lesson in the Bible that 
teaches individual responsibility more clearly and 
directly than this one does. These responsibilities 
are made the more simple and definite because of 
the manner in which the distribution was and is 
made. " To every man according to his several 
ability." As to this basis of distribution there can 
be no question. It is right, reasonable and fair. 
But the people to whom the parable was addressed 
were slow to understand and dull in comprehending 
the new form of religion that was being gradually 
measured out to them. The Jewish thought and 
life were so stamped into their beings that it was 
hard for them to get away from them. They had 
been largely walking by sight, and because of this 
it was exceedingly hard for them to catch the 
mind of the Spirit, or for them to realize that there 
could be a life beyond this that could be better 
than this one could be made, if Jesus would be the 
earthly king and exercise the power that they felt 
sure he had. 

An effort to get them to understand this made up 
much of the Master's private teaching. That he 
was king and was laboring to establish a kingdom he 
was free to acknowledge. But this kingdom was to 
be a spiritual one and was to be enjoyed in the fu- 
ture and spiritual life. And in doing this we have 
the parable of to-day's lesson. 

The king of this new kingdom is about to do as 
a man traveling into a far country, who called his 
own servants, and delivered unto them his goods. As 
this man went into a far country and left the care 
of his goods in the hands of his own servants, so 
he was about to do with his church that he was es- 
tablishing. He had come and showed his kingly 
power. He gathered around him his own servants, 
— his disciples and followers — taught and prepared 
them for the work that he intended to place in 
their hands, and told them that the time had come 
for him to leave them and go to prepare for them 
the better kingdom. During his absence they were 
to take care of his goods — his preparatory king- 
dom. 

The first thing we notice is that he committed 
this treasure into the hands of his own servants. If 
we expect to have committed to us any of these 
talents we must be the Lord's saints. 

And the second is the very encouraging assurance 
that the amount will be just right — not too little, 
not too much. According to our ability we shall 
receive. And the Lord knows this so well that we 
need have no fears as to our capital stock. If it be 
five talents, we have the ability to take care of it. 
And so, if two. If only one, we have all we can 
manage. Use it as we have ability, — and the Lord 
will be as well pleased as if we had been able to re- 
ceive five and doubled them. This charge comes 
to everyone of us in the exact proportions as we 
have them named in the parable. And it is just as 
easy for us who get the one to please the Lord as 
for those who get the two and the five. We are 
sometimes disposed to pity the one who received 
only one talent, because it seems so small. But it 
is because we forget the "several ability." Peo- 
ple fail both financially and spiritually because they 
want to do big things with small ability. This one- 
talent man made this mistake. And how many of 
us are doing the same things. We are grumpy be- 
cause we are not Peters and Pauls — and bury the 
one talent we have. After all, if we could see it, 
the one-talent men and women are the world's 
greatest workers. This is because they can and do 
come up to the measure, and because of the greater 
number of them. Then, whether the Lord commits 
to us five, two, or one, let us, as our ability, im- 
prove them for our Master. h. b. b. 



Out* Pt*AYEt* JWeetinc. 



THE BLESSINGS OF CONTENTMENT. 

For Week Ending Feb. 16. 

1. A Cure for Worry. "Be content with such things as ye 
have." Heb. 13: 5. A cheerful contentment is the best 
antidote for covetoasness and over-care. Do not fill ap 
yonr life with regretful yesterdays and foreboding to-mor- 
rows. Live day by day, 

2. The Right Spirit. — "Give us this day," — or "day by day " — 
"our daily bread," Matt. 6: 6. Bread— not luxuries. We 
may ask God to give us necessaries, but nowhere has he 
bound himself to give us luxuries. 

3. A Safe Plan. " Seekest thou great things for thyself? 
Seek them not." The middle lot, yea often the lowest, 
brings more true happiness than the highest. Jer. 45: 5. 
"Godliness with contentment is great gain." 1 Tim. 6: 6. 
The greatest gain— godliness first, and with it Christian 
contentment. 

4. Joy in Little. Abundance is no certain parent of happiness; 
great treasures often bring great troubles. Prov. 15: 16. 
"A little with the fear of the Lord," "a dinner of herbs 
where love is " (15: 17), "a dry morsel eaten with quietness 
and content" (17: 1; Eccl. 4: 6) "is better than a house 
full of sacrifices and strifes." 

5. Paul's Experience. "I have learned in whatsoever state I 
am, therewith to be content." Philpp. 4: 11. "Learning 
contentment " implies patient, continuous effort, A gradua- 
tion in the school of Christ requires the perfect yielding of 
ourselves and our surroundings to the work given us by 
Christ, and exemplified by him in his life upon the earth, 



HOW TO SPEAK IN PRAYER MEETINO. 

How shall I speak in prayer meeting? Would 
you really like to know? Are you anxious to ex- 
press what is in your heart? Here are three rules, 
as simple as A B C. First, speak to God about the 
matter. This must come first, of course. It is 
more necessary than all your reading and think- 
ing, even though it may be in the best of books — 
the Bible. It precedes all else. It will clear your 
way for reading and thinking. Some higher crit- 
icism would have been side-tracked long ago, or 
would never have found a track, if there had been 
more talking to God and less talking to men, 
when they began to search the Scriptures; and there 
would be fewer young men, and older men who 
are floundering around in the Slough of Despond. 

Second, have something to say. In other words, 
have a purpose in your speaking. You might soar 
like a Demosthenes, and have said nothing. If you 
have spoken to God first about the matter, he will 
tell you where to find something. He has promised 
to do it, and he never fails. I do not mean to in- 
fer that it is not necessary to study, but I do mean 
that if you want to be prepared to take part in the 
prayer service, or to lead a meeting, prefacing it 
with remarks, God will give you something to say 
if you ask him, or the promises are void. It may 
not come in a moment, It may require much 
searching of God's Word and your own heart. 
Diamonds are made beautiful by polishing. We 
dig for gold. It takes a patient angler at times to 
land the trout. Be not discouraged. God will help 
find the something and the right something. 

Third, say it in straight, plain English, to God's 
glory. You may not be cultured, as culture comes 
from the schools of learning, You may not know 
a word of Latin, and Euclid may be as dead to 
you as the hieroglyphics on an Egyptian obelisk, 
but if God gives you the message, use the tongue 
God has given you to express it. There is a man 
whom I know, judging from the English he uses, 
who must go through the dictionary and pick out 
all the long words he can find, and the people 
smile when he speaks. That is not speaking to 
edification any more than the poor fellow who 
knocks the king's English down at every blow. 
Both can improve and make the right preparation. 
— TkeCfiristian Commonwealth. 



We are foolish if we let all the cattle on a thou- 
sand hills or continents of land, or all men and 
women in the world combined, keep us from the 
" marriage feast of the Lamb." 



Feb, 2, I9«« 

T^ThOME x AND x FAMILY**- 

FOURSCORE. 

BY ADALINE HOHF BBBRY. 

[3 '0 my Mother,} 
Length of days and peace of mind 

Sate the Lord hath given theel 
Dim the milestones far behind 

When thy life began to be; 
Bat along the winding way, 

Up, and down, and dark, and light, 
God has been thy shield and stay, 

Makes thine evening calm and bright. 

Blessed thon, whom worldly greed 

Never marked with mocking stain! 
Heaven has filled thine every need, 

Been to thee far richer gain; 
Kindly deed and generons thought 

Thy fall life has always ruled; 
Ceaselessly, thy hands have wrought, 

In submissive patience schooled. 

Now may mercy, peace, and grace 

Light upon thy silver hair! 
May thy hopeful, restful face 

Be a comfort everywhere! 
Just a little farther on 

God's reward thy soul may claim; 
Oat of sunset into dawn— 7 

Blessed be His holy name! 
Huntingdon, Pa, 



NECESSARY PLEASURE. 



BY LULA GOSHORN. 



Although in direct opposition to some of our iron- 
clad theorists, who advocate utter self-abnegation as 
our manifest duty, we want to impress the heads of 
households with the need of a " necessary pleasure " 
fund. 

Not long ago a gentleman wrote to another con- 
cerning a business venture and in conclusion re- 
marked: "You must remember that something 
each year should be allowed for necessary pleasure 
other than the kitchen? O, that all households 
could and would do that. Fewer wives and moth- 
ers would occupy apartments in insane asylums 
and fewer mounds would people the silent city of 
the dead. No man, not even a woman's husband, 
can fully realize what a woman's life means. But 
the kinship of suffering makes sisters of all woman- 
kind, and we can speak heart to heart, knowing that 
a sister soul somewhere can read understandingly 
and reading reach across vast space and in eloquent 
silence touch her counterpart in pleasure, pain and 
patient endurance. 

A certain degree of pleasure and recreation is as 
necessary as the air we breathe; and very necessary 
indeed to the busy wife and mother whose best 
days are spent in endless toil. While man is out in 
the open air hour after hour, breathing pure oxygen 
and surrounded by nature's charms, a woman must 
of necessity remain indoors. Her work is there, 
her interests are centered there, and a keeper at 
home she must and should be; but a change she 
must also have, else her mind becomes as narrow as 
the walls that confine her body and the humdrum, 
ceaseless grind of " duty," if you would have it so, 
will drive her mad. 

Plain language, but true. Almost within sight of 
our home is a living example. Barely five short 
years ago a young wife came to an old home, — just 
a girl-wife, well acquainted with toil, but not slavery. 
One year in the old home and a baby demanded 
her attention and care. Two years more, and an- 
other little one. No help for the wife; no labor- 
saving devices, no attempt to beautify or brighten 
the dingy surroundings. But the husband had a 
hired man, he bought land, he lay abed while the 
young wife arose and started the domestic machin- 
ery for the day. After a time her health failed and 
now at the close of the fifth year her babies have 
an insane mother. They know nothing of manners, 
and very little of morals. They know nothing of 
Sunday or Christmas and its blessed meaning. 
And their father can spend his farm in the keeping 
of his insane wife. A few simple pleasures scat- 



X'Jd..E3 GOSPEL MiESSZEZTSTG-EIR,. 

tered through those years might have made things 
different. Something to take the girl's mind from 
her cares for a time certainly would be cheaper and 
vastly happier than life is for them now. A few 
short years from healthy happy girlhood into a 
home for those of feeble mind. 

Put a man at the desk or behind the counter and 
see how long he can or will stay there year after 
year without a holiday. If it so happens that he 
can endure it for two or three years without jan- 
gling nerves and impaired health he is held up as 
an example of sterling business tenacity; but the 
so-called " weaker vessel " may stand at the post of 
duty year after year, patiently waiting for " better 
crops " or an " increased salary" that would insure 
the vacation that never comes, and little is said of 
the faithfulness of women. 

Constant strain will wear out the best machinery, 
and all of us need occasional recreation, from the 
minister in the pulpit to the maid in the kitchen. 
We may not be weary of the service, but we be- 
come weary in the service and a rest, although it be 
a very brief one, will help us physically, mentally 
and spiritually. 

Now a word with our brother, and we are done. 
Husband, regard the health and happiness of your 
wife as your own life. Does not the Inspired Word 
give us such a law? Young men, consider well the 
ways and means before you become husbands. 
You may think you know the responsibilities of 
such a position, but you do not and cannot fully 
know until you learn by experience, and then all 
your previous preparation and knowledge and skill 
will be required if yours would be a successful 
happy home. In your planning plan to allow foi 
the pleasure that is so necessary and so helpful and 
that will contribute so much toward a long and use- 
ful sojourn on earth and a happier one in heav 



7i 



is an army of employees of saloons whose fingers 
are being ruined by the same cause. The acid and 
resin in beer are said to be responsible. 

The head bartender of a well-known downtown 
saloon says he knows a number of cases where 
beer-drawers have, in addition to losing several 
fingers of both hands, lost the use of both mem- 
bers. 

" Beer will rot iron, I believe," he added. " I 
know, and every bartender knows, that it is impos- 
sible to keep a good pair of shoes behind the bar. 
Beer will rot leather as rapidly almost as acid will 
eat into iron." . 

Now men drink this beer and it rots out their 
stomachs. That is what becomes of the beer drink- 
ers. They do not live out half their days. Any- 
thing that will rot leather, iron, and rot off fingers 
is certain to cut the stomach to pieces, 



We should not be extremists in any sense, but 
with our numerous gettings, let us get the best, 
truest and most helpful in this life, and so prepare 
for the life to come. 

Ladoga, Ind. ^ 

THE NEW CURB. 

The influence of mind over matter was most for- 
cibly illustrated in Cleveland, Ohio, a few days ago. 
When a barber, afflicted with rheumatism, was limp- 
ing home from his shop in the evening, he was 
suddenly confronted by a man who placed a revolv- 
er at his face and hissed, " Hold up hands." The 
barber for the instance forgot that he was a con- 
firmed victim of the rheumatism, gave a quick jump 
and was soon passing over the ground with the 
agility of a schoolboy. He was too much con- 
cerned about dear life and what little money he had 
in his pocket, even to think about his stiff joints. 
At any rate he reached home in safety, but much 
sooner than usual, and has not been afflicted with 
the rheumatism since. It is pronounced a new, but 
rather severe cure for the disease. It shows that 
mind, in some instances at least, has something to 
do with matter after all. 



ROTTED OFF BY BEER. 



The attention of the New York hospital surgeons 
has been called to the big number of bartenders 
that have lost several fingers of both hands within 
the past few years. The first case was that of an 
employee of a Bowery concert hall. Three of the 
fingers of his right hand and two of his left were 
rotted when he called at Bellevue one day and 
begged the doctors to explain the reason. He said 
that his duty was to draw beer for the thousands 
who visited the garden nightly. The man was in 
perfect health otherwise, and it took the young doc- 
tors quite a time to arrive at any conclusion. But 
they did finally, and it nearly took the beerman's 
breath away when they did. 

" Your fingers have been rotted off," they said, 
"by the beer which you have handled." 

Other cases of a similar nature came rapidly after 
this one, and to-day, the physicians estimate, there 



MANY DESCENDANTS. 



In the way of replenishing the earth Mrs. Nancy 
A. Mitchell, who, now at the age of eighty-four, re- 
sides on a farm near Princeton, Lyon Co., Ky, t has 
certainly done her part. She is thought to have 
more living descendants than any other person in 
America. She is the mother of ten living children 
to start with. Her grandchildren, if they were all 
boys, would fill a military company. There are an 
even hundred of them. Of great-grandchildren 
there are one hundred and twenty. And of great- 
great-grandchildren seven. Altogether Mrs, Mitch- 
ell has two hundred and thirty-seven direct living 
descendants. Mrs. Mitchell was married at the 
age of fourteen. She has lived all her life near her 
present home, and has been for seventy years a 
member of the Dyer Hill church, five miles away, 
of which she is the only living organizer. In spite 
of her great age Mrs. Mitchell is still in good health, 
and attends church regularly every Sunday, riding 
over the hills from her home on horseback. In ap- 
perance Mrs. Mitchell, with her plain black cap re- 
sembles one of our good old-time sisters. 



A BRAVE WOMAN. 



A woman does not have to appear upon the bat- 
tlefield, or face a burglar in her own house, in order 
to prove that she is brave. There are other and 
better ways, and we have an instance in hand. A 
short time ago a lady, of the Salvation Army peo- 
ple in Chicago, requested that for her department 
she might be assigned work in sections where there 
were cases of contagious disease. It was done, and 
so she kept a sharp lookout for the smallpox in 
her district, She found a number, and cared for 
the patients as the rules of the Salvation Army re- 
quire. She was too brave and unselfish to think of 
the danger to which she was exposing herself. 
Finally, however, the disease took hold on her, but 
she stood by her patient until overcome, and then 
was taken to the hospital. It was thought that she 
might die, but she is likely to recover. She has 
earned the reputation of being one of the bravest 
young women in the ranks of the Army. It is a 
bravery that is appreciated, and results in good. 
The world is in need of more of the unselfish ele- 
ment in human nature. 



THE BAD BOY PROBLEM. 



" Mamma, may I go to see Tom? " You answer: 
"No; Tom is a bad boy. I do not wish you to 
play with him." This way of setting the matter be- 
fore your Charlie will do as much harm as Charlie's 
company; it is a cultivation of the "I am better 
than thou " spirit. Better say: " No; you and Tom 
do not help each other to be better boys." 



The Greek fates were armed with shears, with 
which they clipped the thread of life. How much 
finer was Hezekiah's metaphor, when he said, " I 
have rolled up like a weaver my life; he will cut me 
off from the loom." He had woven the web of life 
with many threads, and now he was to be cut off 
from the loom, finished, and unrolled at the day of 
final judgment. 



'J?HB1 GOSJPIESIj ZVCIESSiKasrCa-IEK,. 



Feb. 2, 1901. 



THE GOSPEL MESSENGER, 

A RELIGIOUS WEEKLY, 

Brethren Publishing House, 

The General Missionary and Tract Committee, 
22 & 24 South State Street, Elgin, III. 



Subscription, 



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D. L. Miu.br, Illlnoli, J™,™. |"J. H. Moohk, " " ' Office Editor. 

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Jos. AMiCK,*Bu»inc(ia Mnnaifer. 



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addressed lo 
Individual co 



Pont Office, at EIrIo, 111., an Sccond-clai 

The new house of worship at Mechanicsburg, Pa., 
was dedicated Jan, 13. 

Seven applicants for membership are reported at 
Marlowe, Berkley Co., W. Va. 

In the Libertyville church, Iowa, is a sister- 
Polly Miller— said to be 103 years old. 

Bro. Hutchison will soon close his labors in 
Florida, and then goes to Roanoke, La. 



The Brethren at Hinton, Va,, dedicated their new 
church Jan. 6. The building is near the old Trinity 
house. 

We are to have the General Mission Board with 
us next week. That means a very busy week here 
at the office. 

Bro. I. B. Trout closed his protracted meeting at 
North Manchester, Ind., with fifteen applicants for 
membership, 

The District Meeting for Middle Pennsylvania 
will be held in the Lewistown congregation, Dry 
Valley house, March 20. 

Bro. Isaac Frantz, of Ohio, recently closed a re- 
vival meeting in the Green Tree congregation, Pa , 
with twenty conversions. 



/' During a series of meetings in the Walnut con- 
gregation, Ind., six persons came out on the Lord's 
side, and requested believers' baptism. 



The general tone of Bro, Stover's letter this week, 
regarding the outlook in India, is quite hopeful. 
The truth seems to be taking hold of the natives. 



Bro. Daniel Miller, of Mt. Sidney, Va,, is re- 
ported to be very sick, and his recovery some- 
what doubtful. He is now eighty-four years old. 

The surplus from the last Annual Meeting has 
been received, and amounts to $2,915.88. In th 
way of dollars and cents this is an excellent show- 



The Brethren are conducting a soul-inspiring re- 
vival at Cushing, Okla. Eight persons have con- 
fessed Christ, and the outlook for others is encour- 
aging. 

It is none too soon to announce the time and place 
of your District Meetings. It is the duty of the 
writing clerks to see that these announcements are 
made. 

Next week Bro. W. B. Stover will tell us about 
some good meetings in India. Over forty natives 
applied for membership, and of that number twenty- 
one were baptized. 



In this issue Bro. Fercken tells about the dedica- 
tion of the new church in Geneva, Switzerland. The 
Brethren enter upon the century with a good house 
of worship, and with a hopeful outlook. 

Bro Adam Ebev, or any of the missionaries, who 
recently sailed from the United States, mav be ad- 
dressed at Bulsar, India, Bombay Presidency. The 
postage is five cents for each half ounce. 

Bro. F. W. Dove, of Cabool, Mo., we learn from 
a correspondent, has not been able to do any preach- 
ing since November. He is now improving, and 
will probably soon be able to resume his work. 



Bro. E. S. Young has just returned from Nebras- 
ka, and reports two interesting Bible Institutes, one 
at Octavia, and the other at North Beatrice. He 
opens a Bible term at Gettysburg, Ohio, Feb. I. 



Bro. David Hollinger recently conducted a se- 
ries of meetings at North Star, Ohio, preaching 
twenty-three sermons. Eight persons accepted the 
conditions of pardon and were received into the 
church, 

Bro. I. W. Abernathy, Wilson, W. Va., has this 
to say of the Life of Eld. John Kline: "I received 
'The Life of Eld. John Kline,' Thanks! To me 
this book is like apples of gold in pictures of silver. 
May the 'Gish Fund' live long, and may many 
thousands of dollars be added to it." 



Bro. Geo. B. Holsinger was with us one day 
last week, having just closed an engagement in the 
West Branch church, this State. He was on his way 
to his home at Bridgewater, Va. Bro. Holsinger is 
now devoting all of the time possible to the revised 
Hymnal that is to be published sometime next 
spring or summer. 

R, H. McDonald, San Francisco, Cal., is sending 
out ringing temperance cards to be handed to those 
needing help along the right line. Here is what is 
printed on one of the cards: 

A high licensiit believes in puttiDg whiskey into a boy 
through a $1,000 funnel, and then putting the boy into the 
gutter; a prohibitionist believes in putting the whiskey into the 
gutter and saving the boy. 



The church of God is declared to be "the pillar 
and ground of the truth." Upon this church rests 
the responsibility of advocating and defending the 
truth in its entirety and simplicity. This the popu- 
lar churches will not do. They will not teach the 
whole truth, nor will they obey all the commands 
and ordinances set forth in the New Testament. It 
is true that they are doing some good in the world, 
but they are not doing the good that the Lord in- 
tended his faithful people should do. 



During a very encouraging series of meetings in 
the Shiloh congregation, W. Va , seven persons were 
admitted into the church by the holy ordinance of 
Christian baptism. 

The meeting at the Bethel church, Franklin Co., 
Va., closed with twenty-one applicants for member- 
ship. The services were conducted by Bro, Chas. 
M. Yearout. He is now in a meeting at the old 
Brick church. 



Never write business on one side of a sheet of 
paper, and matter for publication on the other. 
Where that is done the letter must be kept in the 
Business Department long enough for the business 
to be attended to before it can be sent up to the 
editorial room. This delay is sometimes a little se- 
rious, especially when the matter for publication is 
of such a character as not to admit of delay. For 
this reason important announcements have failed to 
appear in the issue for which they were intended. 
Always write business and matter intended for pub- 
lication on separate sheets. 



Bro. Callo Fahrnev, of Polo, this State, called 
on us last Tuesday. He is preparing to move to 
Prairie City, a point about 25 miles east of Des 
Moines, Iowa. 

For two weeks Bro. Geo. W. Cripe has been en- 
gaged in a series of meetings in Decatur, III., and re- 
ports two accessions to the church. The meetings 
will continue. __ 

The dedication of the church at Lincoln, Nebr., 
which was to have taken place Feb. 3, has been de- 
ferred to Feb. 10. Bro. D, L. Miller, if health will 
permit, is to be present and preach the dedication 



On page 68 of this issue will be found a most in- 
teresting reminiscence of Bro. Frederick P. Loehr. 
Thousands of our readers, who have seen the kind 
old brother and heard him preach, will be glad for 
this communication. Now what we wish to state is 
this: We ought to have for the Messenger sketches 
of hundreds of our ministers who have crossed over 
the river. They should be about as long as the one 
here referred to, and well prepared. Who will write 
them? Let those who are familiar with the history 
of the class of devout men, who have made them- 
selves felt in the Brotherhood, write up such 
sketches as they can and send them to us. It will 
be our pleasure to make room for them from time 
to time. 



In one of our exchanges we read of a lawsuit be- 
tween two parties of the same congregation over the 
church property, and one side of course won. 
There were lawyers on both sides, twelve men in the 
jury box and the judge at his desk. This was all 
before the world. Then came the brethren, who 
belonged to the same church, had often sat by the 
side of each other in the services, and had repeated- 
ly communed together. Here they came and gave 
their testimony against each other. It was a di- 
vided church, appealing to the world to settle their 
differences. They claimed to be saints and then 
appealed to sinners to settle that which they could 
not settle themselves. The whole affair was a dis- 
grace to the cause of Christ from beginning to end. 
Saints wept. The angels wept- while the infidels 
and demons laughed. When will a Christian peo- 
ple learn how to suffer persecution if need be! 
When will they learn to let their light shine befote 
the world! When two religious bodies go to law 
before the unjust on account of church property, 
there is something radically wrong. It is far better 
to suffer wrong, and lose a little church property, 
than to go to law about it, and bring disgrace on the 
body of Christ. - 

JOHN AND JESUS. 

Do you think that John the Baptist and Christ had any per- 
sonal acquaintance with each other before the baptism of Je- 
sus occurred?— R. A. S. 

Concerning Jesus John the Baptist one time 
said, " And I knew him not." John 1: 33. By this 
we are to understand that he knew him not as the 
promised Messiah. He first became aware of this 
when at his baptism he saw the Spirit of God de- 
scending upon him. Personally they may have 
known each other, or at least knew of each other. 
They were second cousins, and may have met at 
Jerusalem when attending the passover from year 
to year. Mary, the mother of Jesus, was deeply in- 
terested in the child of her cousin Elizabeth, as well 
as in her own child, and would not likely have let 
thirty years go by without having said something to 
her own son about the babe of whom the angel at 
one time talked to her. Mary had a marvelous ex- 
perience, which took in the early history of John 
as well as that of Jesus, and she could have nar- 
rated enough to make a most charming volume. 
It would not be mother-like, or even woman-like, 
for her to keep absolutely silent about such start- 
ling occurrences. Then Jesus may have learned 
more of John than John had learned of him. But 
John doubtless found out enough about the son of 
Mary to cause him to hold him in very high esteem, 
and perhaps he often wondered what all these things 
connected with his early history meant. There is 
room here for the fruitful imagination to do a ^jreat 
deal of pleasant thinking. 



THE WORD AND THE SPIRIT. 

There are those who depend too little on the 
written Word, and then there may be others who 
depend too much on it. With the former the Holy 
Spirit is everything, while with the latter the Spirit 
is nothing. The former read the Word, and then 
ask the Spirit to signify in some way, if this, that 
and the other command is intended to be obeyed. 



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They expect the Spirit to reveal something to them 
that is not contained in the Word, something that 
may never have been revealed to anyone else. 
Should they feel impressed that the particular com- 
mand in question need not be obeyed, then they are 
not slow to tell everybody they meet that the Holy 
Ghost has revealed to them that the command is 
not by them to be carried out. It makes no differ- 
ence how clearly the command is set forth in the 
New Testament, they pay more attention to their 
new revelation, as they are pleased to call it, than 
they do to the written Word. 

Now, such people not only make too much of the 
Spirit, but they have false conceptions regarding his 
office and work. They should know that the New 
Testament was written by holy men, who were 
moved by the Spirit, and that the doctrine therein 
contained is the doctrine that the Spirit wants the 
people of God to respect. If we want to know the 
mind of the Spirit regarding any particular com- 
mand, we should not pray for a special revelation 
regarding the command, but we may and should 
pray for the Spirit to lead us into the truth, or help 
us to understand and embrace the truth. The Spirit 
who is to guide us into all truth, will help us to un- 
derstand the Word of God, but he will most assur- 
edly give us no new revelation. What is written is 
sufficient, and it is all that we should expect. 

When the Messenger desires knowledge concern- 
ing any special command or doctrine, it goes to the 
Bible for it, and then prays the Father for wisdom 
rightly to understand the revealed and recorded 
truth. We never think of praying the Lord to move 
the pen of one of the editors to tell the readers 
whether certain commands are to be obeyed. The 
Book tells that, and what the editor needs is wisdom 
that he may understand and teach the truth aright. 
There is a wonderful amount of mystification in the 
minds of the people, and especially in the minds of 
some teachers and writers, regarding the work of 
the Spirit, and we need to exercise care or else we 
shall fall into the same error, and be led to depend 
upon certain impressions instead of the plain and 
simple meaning of the written Word. 

A woman one time prayed the Lord to make 
known to her in some manner whether she should 
give heed to the command regarding feet-washing 
as presented in John 13. She got the impression that 
the command need not be obeyed, and instead of 
being governed by the written Word, and taking 
that for the man of her counsel, she gave heed to 
her special revelation, joined one of the popular de- 
nominations and had no further use for the thir- 
teenth chapter of John. This is where this abstract 
Holy Ghost doctrine leads. It invariably leads to a 
disregard of the Word of the Lord, "Blessed are 
they that do his commandments." They will find 
them in the Book. They were placed there by the 
authority of the Spirit, and we need not now ask 
him whether or not we should obey them. That 
part is settled and no new revelation is needed. 



PARENTS AND THE YOUNQ PEOPLE. 

A devoted mother, whose children, though mem- 
bers of the church, are inclined to somewhat follow 
the ways of the world, writes us for advice. She 
loves the church, and as a mother should, loves her 
children. She does not want to see the church sur- 
render her principles of plainness, and yet cannot 
bear the idea of having her sons and daughters out 
in the cold and deceiving world. She has talked to 
her children, she has prayed with them and for 
them, and has labored most devoutly to set before 
them the example of a consecrated and consistent 
Christian woman. But in spite of all her efforts her 
children manifest too much love for display. 

We have no intention of encouraging these young 
members, who are inclined to fail in with some of 
the foolish fashions of this world in attire, but we 



have this to say to this mother, and hundreds of 
others equally interested. As a rule young people, 
i of a religious turn, have always been disposed 
to be more dressy than their plain and sober-minded 
parent. They have a fancy for wearing a little bet- 
ter clothing, have it made a little more fashionable 
and seek to make an attractive appearance in so- 
ciety. 

While it has always been thus with young people 
it is likely to so continue as long as time may last 
in this world. While parents should labor to keep 
their children within the bounds of Christian pro- 
priety, they do not want to become wholly dis- 
couraged. If they will but stop and think a mo- 
ment they will probably remember that when young 
they gave their father and mother the same deep 
concern. Possibly the most of our aged members, 
when young, had a strong inclination to dress some- 
what like the world. Those who were older, and 
well established in the faith, labored patiently with 
them, and also bore with them. Some of the strong- 
est men and women we now have in the church, at 
one time or other, gave rise to more or less anxiety 
upon the part of the plain fathers and mothers. 

It will be well for parents and others to do some 
careful thinking along this line, and while they may 
not be able to bring the young people fully up to 
the required gospel standard, they should not re- 
linquish their well-directed efforts. The fathers 
and mothers of to-day are probably having but lit- 
tle more trouble with their children than the parents 
of the past generation had with theirs. And while 
striving to maintain the plain principles of the 
church, let not the faithful be so injudicious as to 
make these principles repulsive to the young peo- 
ple. It is love, kind treatment, judicious teaching 
and the most exemplary living possible, that will 
do more than anything else to induce the young 
people of the Brotherhood to accept and carry out 
the nonconformity principles so clearly recom- 
mended in the New Testament. He who resorts to 
any other method will find, sooner or later, that his 
efforts have proved a failure. Let us labor along 
these lines, in full faith, and trust the Lord for the 
consequences. ' 

SWIM OR SINK. 

So the old adage runs, and the truth of it is veri- 
fied every day before our eyes. There is a possi- 
bility of floating, but it is sink in the end. We hear 
much said about the problems of life. And many 
are the wise heads that are seeking after the solu- 
tions. But to all of them there is but one answer: 
Swim or sink. 

Ever since the introduction of sin, life has been a 
struggle, the very thing we don't want it to be. 
And to get away from the struggle, the world is 
struggling. There is no place or position in life 
where freedom from it can be found. It is not a 
question of muchness, but of ability. Our pounds 
are given according to our several abilities, and then 
we are shipped out into the great ocean to swim or 
sink. And the sooner we learn to swim the better 
it will be for us. 

When a boy I was very anxious to learn how to 
swim, and all means were resorted to by my teacher 
to have me learn. Careful directions were given 
how to move hands and feet; a board was placed 
underneath the body to help bear me up. But prog- 
ress was slow and unsatisfactory. So a new ex- 
pedient was resorted to by the teacher. I was taken 
out into deep water, and then left alone to swim or 
sink — and I swam because I did not care to sink. 

And this is the experience of the world. Men 
and women learn to swim best both on water and 
over the sea of life when thrown upon their own 
forces and resources. The Lord has tempered 
the winds to the shorn lambs, weighted the little 
birds and the soaring eagles, And so he has meas- I 



ured our life's oceans to our several abilities. And 
it is for us to say which we will do, swim or sink. 
We may do either. But it is easier and much more 
satisfactory to learn to swim than to sink. Further, 
to swim— succeed— is the thing we all want to do. 
And to sink is what we are all struggling to avoid. 
Yet hundreds and thousands of young and old are 
being hopelessly shipwrecked financially, morally 
and spiritually. Strange, is it not? Very strange 
indeed that we should do the very thing we don't 
want to do, and at the same time have ability to 
avoid it! 

The secret of the matter is, the Lord has given 
each one of us our own ocean over which we are to 
sail. Every power and force within us, when devel- 
oped, is especially adapted to and measured for this, 
field. It is just as easy for a little sunfish to swim a 
small pool or rivulet as for the large whale to pad- 
dle through the great ocean. But the ocean is no 
place for the little sunfish; and the large whale 
would completely flounder in the small stream. 
Sunfish and whales are satisfied to swim in their own 
waters. But boys and girls, men and women are 
not. And the result is not hard to see— either an 
eternal chaffing or a sink in strange waters. It is 
often said that "a man out of his element is like a 
fish out of water," We readily comprehend the 
"fish" part, but to the "man" part we are blind, be- 
cause we don't want to see. A man can no more 
sink, in his own element, than a cork can sink in 
water, 

A few years ago, while standing on the shore of 
the Dead Sea, we saw men struggling over its water, 
not to keep from sinking, but to get in and under the 
water. They bounced around over the water like a 
cork. They could not sink, because the water was 
more dense than their bodies. So it is with men 
and women who are contented and satisfied to re- 
main in their own fields, for which the Lord has 
most wisely prepared them. Then it is all swim 
and no sink. Of course, men and women may grow 
foolish and commit suicide anywhere, even in the 
waters of the Dead Sea. When we say that it is im- 
possible for us to sink while in our own element or 
place, we mean, of course, unless we will it so, or 
make it so,--against our judgment and the purpose 
that the Lord has in us, The Lord has placed us 
according to our several or individual abilities. 
And these are measured and placed with such pre- 
cise exactness that about them there need be no 
doubt — there can be no mistake. 

It is often said that things in this world are un- 
even. Yes; so they seem to be; but they are not. 
The Lord has not made them so. They cannot be 
so unless we make them so. And this can be done 
only for a short time because, in the end, all the un- 
even things will be evened up. Every man shall 
have according to his several ability. , 

Throughout all the different stations of life, this 
evenness and adaptability run, — from the washer- 
woman at the tub, the laborer with his ax or hoe, to 
the bank president, railroad magnate, the president 
and king on his throne. All is evenness — more than 
we know — in the eyes of the Lord. To each one he 
says: "Be faithful till I come"— swim or sink. It 
is just as easy for a large man to fill a large position 
as for a'small man to fill a small one. And a one- 
pound man can make another pound just as easily 
as a five-pound man can make five pounds. You 
see, the man and the supply are equal to each other, 
and so equality runs up and down through all the 
possibilities and responsibilities of life. 

Let no one be discouraged. It is just as easy for 
the washerwoman to be a child of God and swim in 
her ocean or field as for the millionaire with all his 
seeming advantages. In exact proportion as his 
possibilities are large, so are his responsibilities. 
The Christ has placed us all on proportionately 
equal grounds. Swim or sink! Which? h. b. b. 



THE GOSPEL IMIIESSIEirfcTG-IEIR,. 



Feb. 2, 1901. 



CONVERSION. 

WhcD people shout themselves ho; 



the 



bench and jump around in what Is called "getting through," 
aside from their sincerity, is there an element of scriptural 
conversion about it?—/. A. S. 

The "getting through " process is no evidence of 
conversion. Conversion means the reformation of 
the whole man,— his faith, conduct and relation. 
One has but to read of the conversions referred to 
on the day of Pentecost, those at the house of Cor- 
nelius, the conversion of Saul, of the eunuch, and 
the conversions under Philip's preaching at Samaria, 
to understand what is meant by genuine conversion. 
There is nothing in the New Testament to resemble 
in the remotest degree the course pursued at a mod- 
ern mourners' bench. The way to convert people 
is to preach the Gospel, get them to realize their 
lost and undone condition, and then clearly to un- 
derstand that free pardon is offered to all those who 
in faith will comply with the conditions set forth in 
the Scriptures. This is the intelligent and Gospel 
way of saving people from their sins. Conversion 
means something more than mere religious excite- 
ment, worked up by men who make a profession of 
the business, and at the same time know very little 
about the Bible. 



before; the flood. 






Who were the sons of God and the daughte: 
of in Gen. 6: 2, 4?-/. F. E. 

There were giants in those days— wicked men of 
great strength. Their daughters were not only fair 
to look upon, but were also strong, and probably 
equally wicked. They were called the " daughters 
of men " to distinguish them from the descendants 
of the righteous. They probably had no respect for 
either God or religion. Then, there was a class who 
regarded the Lord and worshiped him. These were 
known as the sons of God. The stronger and more 
wicked of the races probably descended from Cain, 
the murderer, while the sons of God represented a 
better class, descending from Adam through other 
sons. The time intervening between the creation 
of Adam and the flood was considerable, not less 
than sixteen hundred years, and many Bible students 
think much more. During this period the different 
races springing from the first pair developed enor- 
mously. They grew in stature, increased in wicked- 
ness, and some of them probably reached a very ad- 
vanced stage of culture. In the brief account of 
the people given in Genesis it seems quite signifi- 
cant to designate the better class as the sons of 
God, and the women of the other class as the 
daughters of (wicked) men. 



TYNDALB'S LETTER. 



thicker cloth, and warmer caps for wearing at 
night. 

" I wish also his permission to have a candle in 
the evening, for it is wearisome to sit alone in the 
dark. But above all I entreat, and beseech your 
clemency to be urgent with the Procureur, that he 
may very kindly permit me to have my Hebrew 
Bible, Hebrew Grammar and Hebrew Dictionary, 
that I may spend my time with that study. 

"And, in return, may you obtain your dearest 
wish, provided always it be consistent with the sal- 
vation of your soul. But, if any other resolution 
hSs been come to concerning me that I must remain 
during the whole winter, I shall be patient, abiding 
the Will of God to the Glory of the Grace of my 
Lord Jesus Christ, whose Spirit, I pray, may ever 
direct your heart.— Amen. "W. Tyndale." 



QUERISTS' DEPARTMENT. 



What< 



, could r 



1 their righ 



The following most interesting letter is said to 
have been written by William Tyndale, the transla- 
tor of the English Bible, when he was lying in the 
damp dungeon of Vilvoorde awaiting execution. 
It was written in 1536, about three months before 
his martyrdom. The letter reminds us of what 
Paul one time wrote Timothy: "The cloke that I 
left at Troas with Carpus, when thou comest bring 
with thee and the books, but especially the parch- 
ment," 

11 1 believe, Right worshipful, that you are not 
ignorant of what has been determined concerning 
me; therefore, I entreat your Lordship, and that by 
the Lord Jesus, that if I am to remain here during 
the winter, you will request the Procureur to be 
kind enough to send me, from my goods which he 
has, a warm cap, for I suffer extremely from cold in 
the head, which is considerably increased in the 
cell. A warmer coat also, for that which I have is 
very thin; also a piece of cloth to patch my leg- 
gings; my overcoat and shirts are worn out. The 
Procureur has also a woolen shirt of mine, if he will 
be kind enough to send it, and also leggings of 



Children under three or four years of age. 
They usually constitute about one-fifth of the pop- 
ulation of a city, and figuring on this basis would 
give Nineveh a population of about 600,000. 

When a member makes an nnbecoming remark about a 
brother before one or two members, should that be regarded 
as a public offense, to be brought before the church?— #. B. 

In this, as well as in all other matters of the kind 
where offense is taken, settle it privately if practica- 
ble. The better policy is to take as little trouble as 
possible before the church for adjustment. 

Can a member of the Brethren church be put in avoidance 
without being expelled?—/'. B. 

Members, by the church, are now and then — it is 
not common — put in avoidance for the very worst of 
gross crimes. For such crimes they must, of course, 
be expelled. No church of to-day would think of 
holding as a member one who had committed a 
crime of sufficient magnitude to demand that he be 
placed in avoidance. 

How are the International Sunday-school Lessons obtained? 
II by delegates from different churches, who elects them and 
where do they meet?—/. H. 

The lessons are arranged by a committee, com- 
posed of members from the leading denominations, 
that meets every few years in one of the large cities, 
east or west. The appointment of members on this 
committee is made by the International Sunday 
School Convention. The lessons, without note or 
comment, are sold to leading publishing houses on< 
and two years in advance. We now have the les 
i for 1902. 



So far as we know no special Scripture is claimed 
in its support. It is simply one way of proving 
men before they are fully entrusted with the preach- 
ing of the Word. The church, in the different ages, 
has had her ways of determining who should be~ 
fully endorsed as teachers, and the Brethren have 
theirs. For our own part we like it, believing that 
a man should be left in the first degree just long 
enough to enable him to demonstrate his ability to 
teach sound doctrine, and to represent the cause of 
Christ properly. He should then be advanced, that 
is recognized as a regular installed minister, duly 
authorized to preach the Gospel in any part of the 
world. 



OUR SATURDAY NIOHT. 
House-to-House Talks. 

There is one period in my ministerial experience 
that I often think about with pleasure. I was then 
living in a new country, where a person often had 
to ride for miles in going from one settlement to 
another. I worked during the week, but preached 
every Sunday, sometimes twice. 

I had a monthly appointment in a settlement 
twelve miles from home. I often rode to this 
place on Saturday evening. The entire route was 



through the woods, and on the way I passed but 
few houses. I usually traveled alone, and this gave 
me plenty of time to think and prepare my ser- 
mon. I think that on horseback, in the woods, is a 
most excellent place to prepare matter for a deliv- 
ery. About trees there is something that is inspir- 
ing, and the interesting scenery is ever changing. 
About the moving horse and preacher there is a 
harmony of action that is interesting to think about. 
They soon learn to understand each other and in 
time their confidence in one another becomes mu- 
tual. A more faithful creature never existed than 
the preacher's trusty horse. 

Well, I would ride up to a plain house where the 
conveniences were few and the people poor, but 
everybody would come out to the gate to shake 
hands. One was made to feel welcome. In the 
evening the neighbors began coming in. Word 
had been sent around that the preacher would be 
there that night and would give a Bible talk. 
Some of these people would come a mile or two, 
most of them walking, and nearly all carrying lan- 
terns. They gathered into a large room, sitting 
on anything that could be made to serve the pur- 
pose of a seat. Here were the fathers and mothers 
with their children, all anxious for this kind of a 
meeting. 

The meeting was informal, in most every way, 
and everybody felt easy. I usually occupied a 
chair by the table. A few hymns were sung, a por- 
tion of Scripture was read, and then we had prayer. 
It was like a large family around the family altar. 
Then another Scripture was read and I commenced 
my Bible talk. While making these talks I always 
sat. To the people it did not seem like preaching, 
it was just talking. It was a heart-to-heart talk; a 
talk where I could meet parents and children face 
to face, and have them near me while the old story 
was being told. 

Perhaps the talk was about Abraham, the man of 
faith and destiny. Here I could sit and tell the 
story of the faithful man from the time he was a 
young man in Ur of Chaldea until his body was 
placed by the side of that of his wife in the cave at 
Hebron. My talk would last probably an hour, and 
then there was more singing and another season of 
prayer. Before dismissing I would ask about our 
next Bible talk when I came again. There was al- 
ways some one ready to call for the next meeting. 
- One time a neighbor requested that the next 
meeting be held at his place. He had some friends 
that he would be pleased to have present. When 
the time came I had the privilege of occupying an 
old armchair, in an old-fashioned house, warmed by 
a cheerful fire in the great fireplace. His neighbors 
and friends were there, for the meeting was in his 
house and he felt at liberty to invite them. This 
was probably the best meeting of the kind that we 
held in the neighborhood, for the surroundings were 
most interesting. 

At the close of the services there was general 
handshaking. No one seemed in a hurry. It was 
a kind of a family affair, with religion mixed in, 
and the people somehow got no small amount of 
good out of it. The next day we would have regu- 
lar preaching at the schoolhouse near by. And 
thus the work continued from month to month. 

Since then years have come and gone, but I have 
often thought that should it ever fall to my lot to 
engage in evangelistic work, in a new locality, I 
would again introduce my Bible meetings, and in 
this way carry the Gospel into the homes of the 
people. I would give much attention to that class 
of teaching that would take me from house to 
house. On these occasions I would talk to the 
parents and the children, having them face to face 
listening to the interesting story of the Bible. 
Probably we need more of this class of work. It 
brings the Gospel where the people are, and it is 
there that it makes the best impression on them, 
j. H. M. 



THE GOSPEL 3VCESSE1TO-ES,. 



General Missionary 

...Tract Department, 

OOVMl'L'l'MM. 

0. I.. Miller, Illinois I 5. F.SAHOE*, Indian 

L V,'. TlBTlBi Indiana | A. B. Bahhhart, - Mi 

John Zuce. • lorn. 



Special Notice. — The ne 
neeting of the General Mission 
nd Tract Committee will be held in Elg 
111., on Tuesday, Feb. 5, 1901, beginning at 
A. M. Business to come before this meeting 
should be in the office of the Committee not 
later than Jan. 24, and it is hoped that all pi 
sons intending to present any matter will do 
promptly. 



BORN ANEW. 



1 brother recently made thia cc 
fession in a letter to the Mission Rooms: 
have been taking account of my income I 
the last year, and I soon found that we wt 
giving but a small fraction of the tenth. If - 
would give the one-twentieth we could so 
have one hundred missionaries in the field. 
think it is time that the church be educated 
its duty more than it has been in the past. If 
it was neccessary for the children of Israel U 
give a tenth, it is much more so now since th< 
command is to teach all nations," 

Would it not be glorious if every brothe 
and sister in the church was moved in a simi 
lar mannerl What a wonderful awakening 
there would be in the world, and how much 
the Brethren church would be blessed, m 
mortal can dream of now; for if God in th 
days of the prophets pleaded with his peopl 
Israel, saying, " Bring ye all the tithes into th> 
storehouse, that there may be meat in mini 
house, and prove me now herewith . . , i 
I will not open you the windows of heaven, 
and pour out a blessing, that there shall not 
be room enough to receive it," how 
so would he do it in these days of grace? Oh, 
for spiritual and temporal blessings that thi 
church to-day could not receive because of 
their fullness. She sings, " Return, Oh Heav 
enly Dove, sweet messenger of rest," anc 
seems to fail to see that the Dove is waiting 
and anxious to come and "pour out " until the 
church is not able to hold it all. 

This was under the law. Under grace 
the brother says, how " much more so " should 
the followers of God be active, when the 
mand is to teach all nations. Paul felt right 
about this duty when he said to the Roman 
brethren to whom he had not yet preached the 
Gospel: "I am debtor both to the Greeks and 
to the barbarians, both to the wise and unwise, 
so, AS MUCH AS IN ME IS, I am ready to 
preach the Gospel to you that are in Rome 
also." No longer a tenth of his income, but 
all the powers and means that he could mus 
ter he was under obligation to spend for thi 
Master's work. 

This is very different from what many do 
to-day. The hand is thrust into the pocket 
teloctantly and the pennies are drawn forth as 
an offering of " as much as in me lieth," while 
the dollars lie undisturbed. 

The brother is not extravagant when he 
"ys "we could soon have a hundred mission- 
aries in the field." The facts will prove a still 
broader statement. A penny a week is a low, 
v «y low, estimate of a portion of the income 
of the members of the Brethren church. But 
see what a penny a week from each member 
would do. If no member gave more than a 
penny each week the incom 
stead of being less than $15,0 
°e over $40,000. But there a 
who are °ow giving a tenth c 
er s giving much more than 
so that if those doing nothing would simply 
c ome up to the penny a week idea, the funds 
would easily reach $125,000 to $150,000 per 
year aQ d this would keep many more than one 
hundred missionaries in the various fields. 
ere aie plenty of well-to do congregations 



per year would 
1 great number 
nore, and mo- 



ot the Brotherhood having a membership of 
two hundred or more, whose mission contribu- 
tions do not reach $50 per year. If they gave 
but a penny each week it would exceed $100 
per year. 

But what wakened the brother to his sense 
of doty in this matter? This he did not tell. 
What will awaken every other brother and 
sister in the church to a similar recognition of 
his doty? Ah, that is the question. He who 
offers an effectual plan in answer to this will 
do more for the salvation of sbuls than be who 
Is the means of saving a hundred from death. 

INDIA NOTES. 



The last few days have been delightfully 
pleasant; and from now till in March, India 
will be, as always in winter, as fine a country 
climatically as any in the world to live in. 

Out three new coworkers are rapidly doing 
the Gujerati. They 'have finished the first 
government book, also the first mission reader, 
and are now quite ready for second standard 



We are having preaching 
orphanage every night this week. More than 
twenty of the older orphans and others have 
applied for baptism, but we think we shall 
have to adviBe several to await further instruc- 
tion first, 

Last Tuesday we baptized two, one a Ro- 
man Catholic. He gave us his beads and cru- 
cifix, and went on his way rejoicing. He had 
a strange and amusing story to tell. He said 
he was on his deathbed, as was supposed, and 
was unconscious. A certain priest passiDg that 
way persuaded his people to allow him to be 
sprinkled, so be would not go to hell. And the 
priest sprinkled him. Now it so happened 
that the man lived. When he got well, his 
people told him, "Brother, you are a Catb 
lie, did you know?" 

" No, I'm not," he said. 

"But you are." 

"No, I'm not, What makes you all talk 
so?" he said. 

" Sure, you are a Catholic. It happened lik' 
this: We all thought you would die, and i 
priest insisted that you would go to heaven i 
he baptized you, so we, feeling doubtful as i 
was, yielded to his request and he sprinkled 
you. This is how you are a Catholic i 
are all witnesses to the same. We k; 
whether you do or not." 

So he yielded to the inevitable, and counted 
himself a Catholic. 

His mother was sick later, sick unto death, 
The priest hearing of it came and insisted that 
she be baptized even as he had been before, 
under similar circumstances. But the Catho- 
lic ion said, " No, it shall not be." 

" But why? " said the priest, " Do you wan! 
your mother to go to hell? " 

" No. Suppose I had died. You had bap- 

ied me when I did not know it. I would 
have gone up to heaven not knowing it. The 
Lord would have said, 'Who are you?' 'I'm 
a Hindoo,' I'd have said. 'A Hindoo — no— 
yon're a Christian,' he would have said. ' No, 
Lord, I am a Hindoo.' ' But you were bap- 
tized.' 'No, I wasn't baptized.' 'Why, yes 
ou were ' .... and so," said the man, 
you priest would have caused a fuss between 
the Lord and me, and who can tell if I'd ever 
have gotten into heaven or not. Surely I 
would have been in a sorry fix before the Lord. 
Now, sir, I know one thing for sure, that is, 
you'll never baptize my mother without her 
knowing it! Do I want her to get into such a 
fuss with the Lord as I myself luckily escaped 

Then there were words and more words, but 

s mother was not sprinkled, neither then nor 

ter, and she is living yet. May she live to 

walk in the light which her son will show her. 

The Tuesday previous we baptized two oth- 
s, one of whom was a Hindoo guru. A guru 
a sort of religious leader. He gave us an in- 
resting story too. A previous guru had died, 
and dying had said to htm, " Now I am going, 
you look after my disciples." So the mantle 
n him, and his flock numbered about 250. 
We baptized some four or five of his disciples 
before, and now him. What will be bis glad 



tidings to these, as he returns himself a disci- 
ple of the Lord Jesus Christ? 

Several months ago Burie fell and bruised 
her knee. It is by no means well yet, and is 
giving her no little pain and anxiety. Not 
improving from medical attention, once, recent- 
ly, when we were away and her husband not at 
home either, she yielded to the persuasion of 
some natives to try a certain cure. So she called 
a shepherd who was of good reputation in such 
lines, and bad him burn the swollen parts all 
round the knee cap with a red hot iron. This 
is a very common native care for a pain of 
any kind. She has suffered much since the 
burning, but is better at the present time. 



Bro. Ebey has been having abcessea on both 
legs, accompanied with much pain and high 
pulse and some fever. On Sunday he called 



for 



da. 



Nov 



Jelalpor. On Monday, Bro. Forney came, and 
in the evening after the services, before all 
present, both Bro. Ebey and Sister Burie were 
anointed in the name of the Lord, according 
to the Scriptures. Bro. Ebey is about well 
now and Burie is decidedly hopeful. 
Buhar, Dec. 21, igoo. 

WHY IN PORTO RICO? 



Why work in Porto Rico? Because they 
need help, as we learned from Bro. Brum- 
baugh's recent article. They are in dire want, 
their needs are most distressing. They are a 
set of poor, wretched, miserable beings and 
therefore deserve our help. The Gospel was 
intended for them as well as for us. We have 
been delegated by our Master to take it to 
tbem. To do this will be rendering obedience 
to the wishes of Gcd and will certainly be 
pleasing to Jesus who died for them. The in- 
fluence of the Gospel wilt bring tbem great 
blessings, make them better and happier, pre- 
pare them for good citizenship in this world 
and also for that better citizenship in the world 
to be. 

And while we would be ministering to them, 
the same blessings would react upon us, an 
we too would enjoy greater spiritual blessing: 
for no one has ever done a noble deed without 
becoming nobler himself and drawn into cl 
communion with the great Father. We should 
act immediately, for one individual now 
worth ten in a few years, as it is easier to 
duce the natives to embrace the Christian 
ligion now, before antagonistic societies 
hold of the people, than it would be after th 
organizations have gained a foothold. May 
not the Brethren church thrust in the sickle 
while the grain is ripe? In a few years it will 
be too late— the opportunity of working virgin 
soil will be gone. Then, too, we should hasten 
as one convert now will be influential in bring- 
ing in many more during the course of a few 
years, while this same individual might possi- 
bly become an agent to promulgate a doctrine 
opposed to the Gospel, if we let these othei 
societies get him first. 

But have we the means for carrying on the 
work in Porto Rico? It is true we are doing 
considerable mission work, bat yet it seems to 
me we ought to do more. More is expected 
from us than from others. Where many of 
our neighboring congregations must pay per- 
haps about an average of eight hundred do! 
lars per year for their minister, we can devote 
that much for mission work. Our simplicity in 
dress also enables us to live more economical- 
ly.and money thus saved should most surely 
be given to the Lord. 

In our Fraternity there are about ninety 
thousand members. Let each of these contrib- 
ute something, as the Lord has prospered him, 
to the work in Porto Rico. No one would 
think of giving less than ten cents, even the 
children could do that much, and many woold 
rive ten times that amount. Suppose we 
ihonld have just the meager sum of ten cents 
per member, that would give the board nine 
bousand dollars, and no one would be impov- 
rished. If we fail to do even this little for 
tie salvation of Porto Rico, what will the 
Master say to us for neglecting to do that 
which we could just as well have done as not? 



' Truth lies at the bottom of a well," be- 
ise men are too lazy to dip.tbe water out. I 



— DAILY BREAD — 

Sunday, Feb. 3— Phil. 3: 1-11. "That I 

may know him." Verse 10. Know whom? 
The blessed Son of God, my Redeemer, my 
Savior, my King, my all in all. To know him 
is life eternal and joys everlasting, No matter 
what the beginning of any Christian life may 
be, its ending will be to know him. No matter 
what motive brought one to Christ, his life will 
end in the one desire of knowing Christ more 
fully and appreciating his wonderful love to a 
greater extent than ever before. "Oh, when 
shall I see Jesus?" is the longing of every 
earnest, blood-washed soul, 

Monday, Feb. 4.— Psalm 62: 1-8. "Trust 
in him at all times." Verse 8. There is no 
mau living with a larger experience with ad- 
versity than David had. Yet be never wa- 
vered in his trust in his God. He waited on him 
in the nighttime, in the hours of sorrow, when 
he was hunted for his life as a hunter seeks the 
partridge. He trusted him when in prosperity 
and in wealth; and though reaching a ripe old 
age his faith was greater and his hope brighter 
for all his experience of life. He sums it all 
up in urging every one to trust In God, for he 
is a sure refuge to every soul. 

Tuesday, Feb. 5.— Eccl, 3: 1-11, "To ev- 
erything there is a season, and a time to every 
purpose under the heaven," Verse 1, Some 
people have no time to do anything. They 
are always rushed with duties and accomplish 
nothing. They lack system for one thing: 
they seek to do what others ought to do, and 
hence cannot do what they themselves should 
do. To accomplish any desired end, all that 
is needed is a time to do it In, and then do it. 
There always is time for real duties. Among 
them are daily devotions. A little earlier in 
the morning from bed, and there is plenty of 
time to praise God in prayer. See that there 
is a time set apart for certain duties, and they 
will be done. 

Wednesday, Feb. 6.— John 22: 24-31, "Be 
not faithless, but believing." Verse 27. 
ThomaB would not believe his own brethren. 



mild 



belit 



liis 






for the Lord said to him, " Reach hither thy 
finger, and behold my hands; and reach hither 
thy hand, and thrust it into my side," Thrice 
blessed are they who are not guilty of such un- 
belief, but who have in loving confidence said, 
" Lord, I believe." 

Thursday, Feb. 7.— Matt. 21: 28-32. "Go 
work to-day in my vineyard." Verse 28. 
" How wrought I yesterday I " Small moment now 

To question with vain tears or bitter moan, 
Since ovafwr.nl you Wfoto upon the sands 
01 yesterday hath hardened Into atone. 



Deep pitfalls atrei 

Friday, Feb. 8.— 1 Peters: 1-8. "Casting 
all your care upon him, for he careth for you." 
Verse 8. Who hath not cares and whogroweth 
not weary under them at timesi How blessed 
these words come to every one, and especially 
to the servant of God in the mission field. His 
cares are many and so peculiar to himself that 
few can know them and really appreciate 
them. But how blessed to know that no mat- 
ter what the burden is it may be taken to the 
Lord and he will gladly bear it; no matter 
what the anxiety or fear, his gentle stroke will 
drive it away as with magic. Blessed Burden 
Bearer, thou, our great Redeemer and Friend. 

Saturday, Feb. 9.— 1 Cor, 3: 10-18. "For 
the temple of God is holy, which temple ye 
are." Verse 17. How little is it often thought 
that the Lord desires to dwell in these bodies, 
makJDg them the habitation of his Spirit. 
And is it not the lack of this realization that 
makes many of us as careless and wayward as 
ire? Who would think of driving the 
Lord away if he knew that be really was 
there? And yet he is in every heart that seeks 
him and is pleased to occupy the temple fully. 
To defile this body then is to defile the abode 
of the Lord. 



THE QOSPBL MESSEK'GEK. 



Financial Beports. 

Mission Report lor Week Ending 
Jan. 26, 1901. 







-WIDB MISSIONS. 




be ■■-.ill luppot: 
wiso designated. 


V]' l„W..r.' 

will bo ackn 


U ased 


noder'thls 




Iirl 






.1 0,1*6 19 



OlIIO.-Heury *n<l Wrillcr I.rihiiisn, Defiance, 
t4,tk); ELIznbcth Suuder, LnUnnlmrg, ll.SOi mar- 
lingenotlco, John F. Knijlor, 50 cents; John R. 
Brumbaugh, Centre, |r,ao; G. S. Byorly nod 
wllo, Limn, IjSjF. M. liowcrs, Forest, *jo; M. 
W. Print*, Whlto Cottage, la; Elizabeth Ehor- 
boIo, Lelpslc »3: 1. H. RosonberRer, Lelpslc, 16; 
J. W. Moore, Tiffin, *3; Benr Creek cong., 
|8i.6o; J, R. Spacht, New Stark, Ijo; total, ... 159 69 

Pa.-Mtb. A. M. Buchtol, Huntingdon, fl.40; 
J. C. Stayer. Woodbury, $317; B. |. Miller, 
Meyeradale, |6; J. B. Miller, Woodbury, (i.so; S. 
J. Bonsor, Somorsot, li; Kobecen Grnyman, 
Sconcry Hill, 30 "nls; Isanc Eby, New Gcrmnu- 
town, 63 couIb; Fnlrvlow S.S.,Ia; J. G. Gerbor, 
Ccnlroport, 30 conta; nmrrlngo notlco, J, 0. 
Smith, 50 conta; H. K. Gibbol, LttHf, llJO, 
Bllmbcth McCann, LUltX, Ir.ao; Little Swatstrn 
cong., J10; Coventry can,:. 1 do; lot.il 

lowA.-Mmrlnge notlco, J. N. Shlck, 50 conta; 
W. G. Cnakoy, Lenox, Ij.ao; Sallle Flko, Engle 
Centre, 1*41 H. E.SIIIor, Conrad, Ijo; Garrison 
S. S., I5,30| Eliza Cnkorlco'a class, Conrad, I4; 
totnl 

Inu.— Slater E. nnd children, Nappanoo, I;; 
Rlclinrd Cunningham, New London, *io; a sla- 
ter, Mongo. Ill Joseph Klcpsar. Majcnlca, fl.lo; 
S. D. Stonor, Lndogfi, laS; Reuben D. Miller, 
Waknmaa, socentii; Annolta Johnson, Naupn- 
nee, *a.5o; total .... 

]LL,-A. S. HiiralibnrHcr nnd wile, Gimrd, tiSl 
Mra. T. H. Sinter, Lnnioillo, 1o cents; Pluaaant 
HillS. S.,l»79l " brother nnd slstor, Hutaon- 
ville, l>: John J. Shlvoly, Corrogodlo, *$; David 
Bllckonatafl. CciroRordo. *S; J.M. Barnhlzor, 
Oregon, ts.so; two classes ol Hickory GrovoS. 
S.,*io;tolnl 

MD.-MarriaRo DOtlcO, Eli Yourtae, $1.50; J. 
S. GeiBer, Baillinorc, l4,to; Uidgo cong., nnd 
S,S.,l5iBrownBVllloS.S.,|i. 40; total,. ■-■ ■ ■ 

W. Va.-J.F. Robb, Simpson 

VA.-Marrlago notice, Abrain Conner, $1 qft; 
Faliviowcong„li.9o; Brldgcwatcr S. S,, I5.60; 



s.-Bri 



liJ.LJ 



McFherBon, 16; C. E. Arnold, McPherson, (1.50; 

Wm. LuRonbocl. Nnika, *o cents; total 

CAL.-Covlna cong , . 

N. C.-Alired Wllllnnui, Llunoy 

TttNN.-Mnry E. Tooter, Bella, 

,— Surplus ol Annual Meeting at North 

MnncheBler, lnd.,ln 1900, »,g 

Total lor year beginning April, 1900,. . .1.3,4: 
WASHINGTON MHKT1NGH00SE. 

i tht liiumr mill in:ni inoiifc'li 

lp lu It. but In order to do tl 

A lll-.llU ". ■.. 

ntonco. A niiiiUi rumi will W< tii-ct 
house in addition to this. J 

Prevlouslv reported I683 c 

VA.— Snllie Sanger, SniiRorvllle. |] ; Bcnver Crook 

, Campground, 



ploled to begin woislilp lu It. I 






Ind.— Roubon D. Miller, Wnknrusn, 50 conta; 
Sister E, nnd children, Nnppnnoe, fi; Susie Hos- 
BonR, Peru, fi; total, . 3; 



oat bcRluiitnR April, 1000 (731 

INDIA ORPHANAGE, 
Previously reported $1,60.4 1 



•43; Pblladcphln Geiger 
Creek and 



PA.-S, ] 
Phlladelphl! 
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Ind.— Sister E. nnd children, Nappance, I4; 
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CHINA'S MILLIONS. 

Previously reported $ 

Pa.— Lancaster City cong 

Total for yenr beginning April, 1000, ... J 
COLORED MISSION. 

Previously reported 

Ind.— Richard Cunningham, New Lebanon, . . 

Total lor year beginning April, 1033 : 

SWITZERLAND MEETINGHOUSE. 

Previously reported ji,< 

lND.-Susie Hessong. Peru, so cents; Sister E. 
and children, Nappaneo, ti; Reuben D. Miller, 
Wakarusn. ti; total 



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beginning April, iqoo, . . .$1,1 
INDIA MISSION, 

Previously reported, f, 

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From Our Correspondents. 

cold water to a thirsty soul, bo Is good news f 
a far country." 



ALABA/1A. 

Frultdrile.— Since our last report our 
flock has been encouraged by visits and 
mons from brethren Levi Wiuklebleck, of 
Harllord City, Ind., William H. Boggs, of 
Covington, Ohio, and W. I. Buckingham, of 
Laplace, 111. Bro. J. J. Cross, our mute minis- 
ter, from Silverlake, Ind., is at present sojourn- 
ing with us.— James M, Neff,Jan. 3j, 
ARIZONA. 

Glendale.— We have been carrying on an 
evergreen Sunday school for about five years. 
The report of last year is as follows: Average 
attendance for the year, fifty-two Sundays, 32; 
verses committed, 436; collections, £17.46.— 
Wm. Wcigoldjan. 30, 

CALIFORNIA. 

Los Angeles.— Bro. M. M. Eshelman began 
a series of meetings Sunday evening, Jan, 13. 
One precious soul came out on the Lord's side 
Saturday evening and put on Christ (Gal. 3: 
27) by baptism Sunday, A number are almost 
persuaded and we trust will accept the Christ- 
life ere these meetings close. It began raining 
Sunday morning and was raining still at meet- 
ing time; however, several had the courage to 
come and we had one of the best meetings 
that had been held. It is still raining to-day, 
but we expect to go on with the meeting. — S, 
W. Funk, Jan. si, 

COLORADO. 

Orand Valley. — Our quarterly meeting 
passed off pleasantly Jan. 5. It was the time 
to elect new officers for the present year. All 
the old Officers were retained in their places, 
and the writer watt chosen correspondent for 
the present year. One member was received 
by letter at this meeting. The Sunday school 
reviews at both of our schools were exceeding- 
ly good. Bro. Edward Barnard was elected as 
superintendent at the church in Bro. Long's 
stead. Bro, Fergusen has charge of the work 
at the Star achoolhouse — D. M. Clickjan. 33. 
FLORIDA. 

Wabasso.— This is the place of operation 
at present. We are using the schoolhouse 
for church, and our attendance is abont equal 
to the seating capacity of the house. The at- 
tention to the Bible lessons ia first clasa, Will 
aim to leave here in time to be at Roanoke, 
La, by Feb. 15. After spending some two 
weeks there we aim to reach Manvel, Texas, 
somewhere during the early part of March. 
All this, and more too, if the Lord will. My 
health is good, but the mosquitoes want to 
bleed me. The Lord be praised for his great 
blessings to me.— A. Hutchison, Jan. 33. 
ILLINOIS. 

Smlthboro. — In the Gospel Messen- 
ger of Jan. 19 I mentioned the death of Bro. 
John Rench. Two weeks from that time his 
wife, Aunt Mary, as she was called, died. A 
few Sundays before her death she was at 
churcb. That was her last meeting with us 
here. It makes us feel sad to "know that Aunt 
Mary's seat will be vacant. But how about 
those who seldom come to church? Thas two 
of the oldest members in the Hurricane Creek 
church are taken from us.— Cornelius Kessler, 
Jan, 31. 

INDIANA. 

Bremen. — Bro. Martin Eisenhour came 
here from New Paris, Ind., Jan. 4 and closed 
Jan. 20, He gave us twenty good sermons, 
assisted by Bro. Silas Eversole. The meetings 
closed with good interest and the members 
are much encouraged. We also organized a 
Sunday school and had a crowded house to- 
day.— A 1- . W. Miller, Jan. 30. 

Beech Orove. -Jan. 5 Eld. J. R. Wellington 
favored ns with two sermons, Saturday night 
and Sunday morning.— E. O. Norris, Pendle- 
ton, Ind., Jan, o. 

Cedar.— I am at the above-named place in 
the beginning of a series of meetings. I la- 
bored with membership here six years ago. 
Many changes have come in these few years. 
I notice, comparatively speaking, but few con- 
versions are reported. What does it mean?— 
Dorsey Hodgden, Jan. 36, 



English Prairie.— This church in La Grange 
County, Ind., has just enjoyed a seriesof n 
ings which commenced on the evening of 
Jan. 5, and closed on Monday evening, Jan. 
2i. Bro, Quincy Leckrone. of Glenford, Ohio, 
conducted the meetings, He is well versed in 
the Bible, and an eloquent speaker. While 
there were no additions to the. church, all were 
benefited.— John Long, Brighton, Ind, Jan. 3j. 

Mexico.— Bro. Daniel Wysoog, of Nappa- 
nee, Ind., came to us Dec. 29, and commenced 
a series of meetings, preaching each evening 
and on Sunday, at 10:30 A. M., until yesterday 
evening, Jan. 20. The attendance was good 
Part of the time the weather was not favorabl 
but there was much good seed sown, which, w 
hope, will yield moch in the near future. — A 
D. Lair, Jan. 31. 

Mlsslsslnewa.— Our series of meetings a 
the Union Grove bouse, conducted by Bro, D 
C. Campbell, closed last night. Bro. Camp- 
bell delivered twenty well-prepared sern 
We had no immediate visible results, yet 
hoped that much good may result from 
meetings.— John F. Shoemaker, Shideter, Ind., 

South Bend Jan. 19 the South Bend con- 
gregation met in regular quarterly council, 
Eld, H. W. Kreighbaum acting as moderator, 
All business was transacted in a pleasant 
manner. Several letters of membership were 
accepted. The report of missionary money 
collected by committee amounted to £26 
Bro. C. M. Wenger was elected treasurer for 
the year; Bro. Frank Hildebrand, clerk, and 
the writer corresponding secretary. We are 
now in the midst of a series of meetings, con- 
ducted by Bro. A. G. Crosswhite, of Flora, 
Ind. He is preaching God's Word with power 
and demonstration of the Spirit, Our Sunday 
school is very good for this time of the year, 
last Sunday's attendance being 103. — Louie 
Good Austin, Jan. 35. 

Walnut. — This church experienced another 
rich feast in a series of revival sermons during 
the month of January at their new churchhouse 
in the town of Tippecanoe. The meetings 
were conducted by Eld. Alexander Miller, of 
Wakarusa, Ind. Although blind, it did not 
hinder his spiritual vision of the Word of God 
and thus from Jan. 3 to 23 he expounded the 
Word of God and the salvation of God to 
large congregations. Eld. Miller preached 
twenty-seven soul-stirring sermons, including 
one funeral discourse. Saints were encour- 
aged to their duties and sinners were pointed 
to the Lamb of God. Six came out on the 
Lord's side and a number of others have been 
made to see their condition.— John L. Kline, 
lifipecanoe, Ind., Jan. 24. 

IOWA. 
Cedar County.— We met for council Jan. 19. 
There was not a full representation, though 
business passed off pleasantly. Church letters 
were granted to four of our members who are 
ng to other congregations. An effort was 
made to double our diligence by increasing 
Lppointments We will have appointments 
every Sunday at the Pleasant View meeting- 
house, instead of every two weeks, at 11 A, 
M. Also services every other Sunday evening 
e same place at 7 P. M. We are continu- 
ing our Sunday school with present organiza- 
for the ensuing year. A general good 
feeling prevailed through the meeting. Pray 
for us that good may be accomplished.—/. E. 
Keller, Tipton, Iowa, Jan. 21. 

Grundy County.— Our series of meetings, 
conducted by Bro. Jesse Stutsman, closed 
:vening with a good attendance and deep 
est, which was characteristic of most of the 
ings. There were no accessions by bap- 
but we rejoiced at the return of a " wan- 
derer" to the fold. We feel much encouraged 
and built up. For the closing year of the clos- 
century we report this church as follows: 
ers, 2; ministers, 6; deacons, 9; member- 
ship, about 150; series of meetings held, 1; 
love feasts, 2; school of music, 1; social meet- 
ngs, 2; evergreen Sunday schools, 2; letters 
granted, 2; baptized, 1; dismissed, 2; deaths, 
ot a resident of this community). In the 
ing year we hope to do more and better 
work for Jesus.— Alda E. Albright, Eldora, 
Iowa, Jan. 31. 

LIbertyville — Dec. 29 Bro. C. M. Brower 
:ame to our church and delivered four ser- 
nons along the line of mission work, giving 
pecial attention to the needa of the Ottumwa 
nission. Jan. 13 Bro. A. W. Flora, of Maxwell, 
Iowa, preached for us at an outpost in Van 



Feb. 2, 1901, 

Buren County. Jan, 19 he came tooor church- 
house and held meetings over Sunday. Bro. 
Anthony Sanger was present and assisted in 
the meetings. Jan. 21 Bro. Flora commenced 
meetings again in Van Buren County. — IV, N, 
Glotfelty,Jan. 33. 

Panora. — Old Sister Mary Howell (past 
eighty) is lying quite ill with but little prospect 
of getting any better. Bro. N. H. Howell (her 
son) is sick too and has called for the elders to 
anoint him. Bro. G. D. Zollers is now conduct- 
ing meetings at Yale with full houses and 
growing interest.—/. D. Haughtelin, Jan. 3f, 

South Ottumwa.— Jan. 22 we met in quar- 
terly council, Eld. J. M. Follis being with us. 
Some very important business came before the 
meeting, which was disposed of in a Christ- 
like spirit. Each and every member is awake 
to the needs of the church here. In the even- 
ing Eld. Follis delivered one of his very in- 
structive and spiritual Bermons, which was 
enjoyed by all— C. E. Wolf, ji6 South Moore 
Street, Jan. 24. 

South Waterloo On New Year's day we 

met in quarterly council. We contemplate 
holding a Bible Normal, to be conducted by 
Bro. E. S. Young, about the middle of Febru- 
ary. A hearty invitation is extended to all, 
A specified program of the Bible Normal will 
be given later. — Eva S. Lichty, Waterloo, 
Iowa, Jan. 2j, 

Special Notice. — The District Mission 
Board of Northern Iowa, Sonthem Minnesota 
and South Dakota wishes all those deairing to 
use the District evangelist this coming year to 
notify the secretary at once.— Jacob Lichty, 
Waterloo, Iowa, Jan. 32.- 

KANSAS. 

Notice.— The churches of the Southeastern 
District of Kansas will please note the follow- 
ing: Inasmuch as there was no call for the 
District Meeting of 1901, we, the committee 
appointed by the last District Meeting, have 
decided that it is to be held with the Brethren 
of the Paint Creek church, Bourbon County, 
Kansas, Oct 9 and 10.— Committee, M. 0. 
Hodgden, S. P. CrumPacker, Salem Beery, 
Jan. 35. 

Walnut Valley.— We closed our series of 
meetings the evening of Jan. 20. Eld. J. A. 
Thomas, of Fred, Kans., began the meetings 
the evening of Jan. 5 and preached two weeks 
for us, and gave us interesting and aoul-cheer- 
ing sermons. No accessions to the church. 
We know some were made to stop and con- 
sider and the church was strengthened. — F. E. 
Weimert, Heizer, Kans., Jan. 25, 

LOUISIANA. 

■The Brethren of this place met 
. 19, What business came before 
was quietly and peacefully set- 
s for the year were elected, 
ceived by letter. It was decided 
to provide means for the support of a minister 
who shall give all his time to mission work in 
this congregation— Ella A. Crumpacker, Jan. 

MARYLAND. 
Cumberland. -We are still keeping up reg- 
ular appointments here, since June last every 
two weeks on Sunday, at 10: 30 A. M, and 
7: 30 P. M. Our services are held in the 
schoolhouse on the West Virginia side of the 
river. It is a large and comfortable building 
and is free of charge, but not so well located 
for our services as we could desire. Oar con- 
gregations have generally been small except 
on Sunday evening; then we have a fair at- 
tendance. The attention and interest have 
been very good. Our membership is a little 
less than twenty at present.— James W. Beegh- 
lyjan. 34. 

MISSOURI. 
rtaellng.— We have just closed an interest- 
ing series of meetings conducted by Bro. G. 
W. Lentz, of Adrian, Mo., and Bro. Moses 
Cruea, of Farrenburg, Mo. While these breth- 
re with us we had a love feast, which 
nething new to most of the congrega- 
While there are but three members 
here, we were greatly strengthened and feel 
to go forward with more zeal than ever before. 
— ElmiraJ. Shaw, Jan. zq. 

Osceola.— We met in regular council Jan. 
19. All business was satisfactorily disposed 
of. There were three letters received and two 
granted. Bro. Smith was with us. He has 
almost seen four-score years and is very ac* 
He gave us a short talk Saturday 
and Sunday. Bro. Hylton gave us an encour- 
On Saturday night the congre- 



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eation met half an hour before preaching and 
spent the time in prayer meeting. We ex- 
pect to reorganize our Stfhday school the first 
Sunday in March.— Lissie Replogle.Jan. 22. 
NEBRASKA. 

South Highland.— The dedicatory services 
at Highland church were held Jan. 6, con- 
ducted by Bro. John E. Young, of Beatrice, 
Nebr. He is still holding services each even- 
ing. The interest seems to be growing. The 
congregations are large and attentive.— Elisa- 
beth Carder, Cambridge, Nebr., Jan. 17. 

Sappy Creek.— We met in council to-day. 
We received one by letter and granted six 
letters. Among those who leave ns was our 
elder. We have choseD Bro. S. M. Forney to 
fill the vacancy. We were sorry to part with 
our elder.—/. M. Osborn, Edison, Nebr., Jan. 

NEW JERSEY. 

Bethel.— Our church work is moving along. 

Three have been baptized recently. Onr 

prayer meeting is in a prosperous condition — 

Carrie Gary, Pillstown.Jan. 23. 

OHIO. 

Canton.— We have rented a church house 
for one year, and organized a union Sunday 
school. Our superintendent is John L. John- 
son. We would be pleased to have any of our 
ministers stop off and preach for us at any 
lime, as we have no regular minister. Notify 
ua a few days previous to arrival.—/. G. Wal- 
ters, No. mo North Cleveland Avenue, Jan. 
*3> 

Covington.— We are at this time enpying 
quite an interesting series of meetings, con- 
ducted by Eld. Jacob Coppock, of Tippecanoe, 
Ohio. One has been . received into fellowship 
by baptism. We have good interest and a full 
house.— Joseph Greff, Jan. 27. 

Gettysburg.— Bro. E. S. Young will begin 
a ten days' Bible school at the Oakland church, 
Darke Co., Ohio, on the evening of Feb. 1. All 
interested in the study of the living Book are 
cordially invited to be with os to enjoy the 
benefits of the school.—/. B. Miller, Jan. 21. 

Lower Stillwater.— Jan. 8 Bro. Jos. Stude- 
baker, of Flora, Ind., began a series of singing 
schools in our congregation. He had simply 
inaugurated the work in each of our three 
churches, when a severe attack of la grippe 
so affected his voice that he was cempelled to 
return home, expecting to be back to take 
up the work anew Jan. 25. A cordial invita- 
tion is extended to surrounding churches. 
The weekly announcements will be, Upper 
House, Monday and Tuesday evenings; Lower 
House, Wednesday and Thursday evenings; 
Trotwood, Friday and Saturday evenings. — L, 
A. Book-waiter, Trotwood, Ohio, Jan. 26. 

Maple drove.- Bro. Samuel Sprankel, of 
Stark County, Ohio, came to ns Jan. 7 and re- 
mained until Jan. 20, preaching fourteen inter- 
esting sermons. Good attention was paid to 
the Word preached. We think all were prof- 
ited by the preaching. The attendance was 
small, owing to the bad roads and disagreeable 
weather. One dear young sister was made 
willing to follow in the footsteps of her Savior. 
We met in council Jan. 18. Bro. Sprankel 
was chosen moderator. All business passed 
off in love and union. We elected Bro. A. J. 
Myers superintendent and Bro. David Snyder 
assistant superintendent for Sunday school. — 
Ella Beeghly, Ashland. Ohio, Jan. 21. 

North Star. — Bro. David Hollinger, of 
Greenville, Ohio, began a series of meetings 
Jan. 3 and closed Jan. 20. In all he preached 
twenty-three sermons. Owing to the inclem- 
ency of the weather and ill health, most of the 
time, the attendance was not so large, but the 
interest good. Eight came out on the Lord's 
side and were received by baptism. Others, 
we think, were almost persuaded. Bro. Hol- 
'inger labored earnestly for the cause at this 
place. His work was appreciated. The 
church has been much built np and encour- 
aged to go on in the good work.— Emma Grqff, 
Jan. 23. 

Upper Twin.-Bro. I. J. Rosenberger closed 
a series of meetings last night at our Beech 
Grove house. Three were baptized and an 
excellent sentiment established in the com- 
munity. His sermon last night on " Weighed 
"> the Balance" was powerful. Convictions 
cannot escape such preaching.— .rY. M. Bar- 
™tck, Eaton, Ohio, Jan. 21. 

Wooster— Saturday evening, Jan. 5, our se- 
ries of meetings began, Bro. Isaiah Rairigh, 
0t Wo odland, Mich., preaching for ns. 



preached twenty sermons, including the funer- 
irmon of Eld. Cyros Hoover. We had 
fair attendance and good attention. The 
weather was unfavorable nearly all the time. 
There were no additions to the church. He 
preached such powerful sermons that the 
members were edified and sinners warned to 
the wrath to come. Bro. Rairigh went to 
the Springfield church to labor for the church 
at that place. — Maria Runkle, IVeilersville, 
Ohio, Jan. 2Z. 

OKLAHOnA TERRITORY. 

Cushlng.— Our meeting in Cushing is still 
continuing. Three more were baptized today 
and five received before, and a number rein- 
stated, Bro. Gorham is doing the preaching. 
Meetings continue for a few nights at least. — 
A. W. Austin, Jan. 23. 

Pleasant Plains church met in regular 
quarterly council Jan. 12. Most of the work 
was disposed of. We had election of officers. 
Some new ones were elected. Bro. Brubaker, 
from Hoyle, acted as our elder in Bro. Edge- 
comb's place. We decided to hold our feast 
Sept. 28. We also had a few evening meet- 
ings, with good attendance. We expect to 
have a few weeks' meetings sometime next 
month, to be held by Bro. Brubaker. The 
writer was chosen as Messenger correspon- 
dent. — EJfie Hammerstead, Carwile, Okla., 
Jan. 19. 

PENNSYLVANIA. 

Chlques.— Bro. A. B. Gingrich, of Fontana, 
closed a two weeks' series of meetings at 
Fairview on the evening of Jan. 10, preaching 
in all sixteen sermons. We had no immediate 
additions, but some good impressions were 
made. Bro. Ed. Wenger, of Fredericksburg, 
Pa., will begin a series of meetings at Green 
Tree Jan. 27, to continue indefinitely. The 
deacons are making the annual visit, prepara- 
tory to our council in March.— John C. Zug, 
Mastersonville, Pa., Jan. 21. 

Oreen Tree.— Bro. Isaac Frantz, of Pleasant 
Hill, Ohio, came to us Dec. 23 and commenced 
a series of meetings, continuing until Jan. 14 
preaching twenty-six sermons. Bro. Frant; 
preached the Gospel in an able and forcible 
manner. Twenty precious souls came out or 
the Lord's side, most of them young member; 
of the Sunday school. Sixteen have been bap 
tized;some more will be later on. We had 
good weather and good attendance, and the 
order and interest were of the very best. We 
as a congregation feel very much revived.— 
Joseph Umstead, Oaks, Pa., Jan. 26. 

Martin sburg.- - Bro. J. H. Beer, of Rockton, 
Pa., came in our midst Dec. 2g and began 
preaching the same evening. He staid till Jan. 
17, preaching twenty-two soul-cheering ser- 
mons, including the funeral sermon of an un- 
known man, The church was greatly built up, 
also three baptized and one reclaimed.—/. G, 
Mock, Jan. 21. 

Mechanicsburg. — The dedication of the 
new German Baptist Brethren church took 
place on Sunday, Jan. 15, at 10 A. M. Jacob 
Reichardj of Lewistown, Pa., led the services 
in the opening prayer, followed by Eld. J. A. 
Long, of York, in the dedicatory sermon to a 
large and attentive audience ; Wm. A. Anthony, 
of Franklin Connty, Pennsylvania, closed the 
exercises, followed with a liberal collection. 
Afternoon services opened at 2: 30; church 
well filled. For children's hour addresses by 
Wm. A. Anthony, Eld. S. M. Stouffer and J. A. 
Long. A feature of exercises was the spirited 
song services led by Sister Sallie Mohler, 
Evening services at 7 P. M., by Wm. A. An- 
thony and others. A series of meetings fol- 
lowed during the week, conducted by Eld. S. 
M. Stouffer, closing Sunday evening with fair 
attendance and interest.— Isaac Barto, Jan. 21. 

Notice to Churches of Middle District of 
Pennsylvania.— The District Meeting for th< 
District will be held in the Lewistown congre- 
gation {Dry Valley house) on Wednesday, 
March 20, 1001. The Elders' Meeting will be 
held on Tuesday afternoon, March 19. Notice 
of trains will be made later by the Brethren 
Lewistown. — W.J. Swigart, Sec, Jan. 21. 

Norrlstown.— Our annual love feast will 
held at this place Feb. 22, iqoi, services 
commence at 6 P. M. All neighboring mei 
bers are kindly invited.— Geo. B. Detwiler, 
714 Kohn Street, Jan. 22. 

Snake Spring. — Christmas day we met ii 
council in the Snake Spring Valley church foi 
the purpose of electing a minister and som< 
deacons. As a result Bro. Herman Guyer wai 



elected to the ministry and brethren Jacob 
Snyder, Daniel Dibert, Samuel Ritchey, James 
Snyder and Heniy Kooniz to the deacon's of- 
fice. Elders from adjjining congregations 
with us were John Rush, David Stayer, George 
Myers, Levi Stucky and John Bennett. Bro. 
Bennett remained over night and gave us a 
Christmas sermon. Sunday morning, Dec. 30, 
J. Kurtz Miller began preaching for us and 
continued every evening and Sunday mornings 
till Jan 13. Every forenoon from Dec. 31 to 
Jan. 11 he held a Bible class in which he gave 
us some very good instructions. Good interest 
was taken in the meetings. Eight came out 
on the Lord's side and were baptized. Sunday 
evening, Jan. 13, Eld. B. F. Masterson, from 
California, preached for os, which closed our 
series of meetings and Bible class.— Geo. A. 
Snyder, Jan. /•> 

TENNESSEE. 

French Broad. — Jan. 12 brethren A. M. 
Laughrun, of Erwin, Tenn,, and J, D, Clark, 
of Jonesboro, came to this church and com- 
menced a series of meetings. They continued 
until Jan. 22 and held forth the Word of God 
in its purity. The church was much encour- 
aged and strengthened during the meetings. 
Four letters were received and three grauted, 
One brother was restored to fellowship, three 
were baptized, and one is to be baptized yet. 
Sunday morning we had a children's meeting. 
The Brethren preached twenty-two sermons. 
In our estimation the meeting closed much too 
soon. The Brethren go from here with 
elder, Jacob Wine, of the Meadow Branch 
church, in Grainger County, to complete t 
work commenced on that church, We bav< 
an evergreen Sunday school here, presided ovci 
by the writer, and assisted by J, R. Satterfield 
— D. T. Bailiff, Oak Grove, Tenn., Jan. 23. 

Knob Creek.— Jan. 6 onr home ministers be 
gan a series of meetings and continued unti 
Jan. 15, preaching twelve soul-cheering ser 
mons. Two more— a husband and wife— wen 
persuaded to follow in the footsteps of ou 
blessed Master. The church was greatly re 
vived and we feel that many more are count 
ing the cost.— Mary White, Jonesboro, Tenn., 
Jan. jo. 

UTAH. 

Corlnne.— The Bear River Valley church 
was organized to-day with eighteen members. 
The first council meeting was held at the 
residence of the officiating elder, D. S. FIL- 
brun, Letters were presented and read. It was 
unanimously agreed to organize. The officert 
were duly elected as follows: Bro. I. J. Filbrun 
clerk, Bro. Samuel Yoder, Jr., church solicitor, 
Sister D. S. Filbrun treasurer, Sister May 
Yoder corresponding secretary. Our official 
board consists of one minister, Eld. D. S. F 
brun, and one deacon, Bro. A. S. Yoder. V 
feel the great responsibility resting on t 
Brethren, pray that God's blessings may re 
on this little organization in the State of Utah, 
this being the first Brethren church in thi: 
State.— May Voder, Jan. 18. 
VIRGINIA. 

Cook's Creek.— Our new church at Hinton 
(near the old Trinity house) was dedicated 
Jan. 6. Eld. J. M. Kagy delivered an abledi 
course to a large audience. This house is w< 
built, arranged for Communions, with a good 
basement,— everything convenient, ft will b 
known as Hinton Grove. Bro. D. B. Garber, 
of Indiana, began preaching at the Pies 
Run church, Jan. 3, and closed Jan. 20. 
brother labored faithfully. The mee! 
were well attended, members strengthened, 



We 






midst of an interesting Bible term at Bridge 
water College. Could more of os realize th< 
force of 2 Tim. 2: 15, as given by the Apostlt 
Paul, we surely would take advantage of thest 
passing opportunities. — S. I. Bowman, Harri 
sonburg, Va.,Jan. 22. 

Taccio.— Bro. Charles M. Yearout, of War- 
rensbarg, Mo., commenced a series of meet- 
ings at Bethlehem church Jan. 12 and contin- 
ued until Jan. 24. He delivered eighteen ex- 
cellent sermons. Twenty-one have come out 
on the Lord's side. Thirteen have been bap- 
tized, six applicants, and two wish to be re- 
stored. He expects to go to the old Brick 
church to hold some meetings.— C. D. Bow- 
man, Jan. 25. 

WEST VIRGINIA. 

Bulltowo. — Bro. E. T. Fike, of Preston 
County, West Virginia, came to our place on 
New Year's evening and commenced a series 
of meetings in the Joppa church, which lasted 



77 

until Jan, 13, with good results. The church 
much built up by the earnest labors of 
Bro. Fike. Owing to illness Bro. Fike was 
unable to attend two preaching services. 
Though young in years he is an able defender 
of the Truth.—/. .S'. Boselyjan. 24. 

Marlowe.— Bro. J. H. Uti held a series of 
meetings at Marlowe. There were seven ap- 
plicants for baptism and there are prospects 
for more.— Wm. L. Lowry, Jan 24. 

Mt. Union.— Bro. Obed Harastead came in 
our midst Dec, 24 and held a week's meeting. 
During his short stay three united with the 
church by baptism. His sermons were ap- 
preciated. We feel that goad seed was sown. 
We have Sunday school here every Sunday; 
also prayer meeting every Saturday night. 
We would like to have more preaching done 
here and hope that we may have more in the 
future. From here Bro, Hamstead was ac- 
companied by Bro, J. Q. Johnson, Bro, R, C. 
Ross and Bro. Silas Pugh to the Colebank 
appointment, Sbllob congregation, Bro. Ham- 
stead held a two weeks' meeting there. Dur- 
ing his stay seven united with the church by 
baptism.— Alice Johnson, Jaco, W. Va., Jan, 
24. 

Mt. View.— Dec. aq, Bro, S. Mathias com- 
menced preaching here and preached each 
evening until Jan. 5, preaching in all nine ser- 
mons. He labored very zealously for the 
cause of Christ. Four weft willing to be 
buried with Christ in baptism.— £. H. Miller, 
Lost River, W. Va., Jan, 22. 



CORRESPONDENCE 



Prom Norman, Okla. Ty. 

We are living at this place, with not another 
member in our country that we know of. We 
have been here several months and intend to 
make this our home. This is a fine country, 
We have two good public schools and a univer- 
sity. The city contains about twenty-five hun- 
dred inhabitants and has eight churchhouses. 
As we are alone in our faith, I hope and pray 
that God may put it in the heart of some of 
our people to come to this place. There are 
souls here just as precious in the sight of God 
as anywhere else, that should have the Gospel 
preached to them in its purity. I would like 
to correspond with some of those nearest to us, 
as I do not know where any of the members 
live. There might probably be some not far 
away if we but knew it. We live one-half 
mile south of the Norman depot and would be 
pleased to have any one call and see us, when 
passing through Norman. M, E. Trout. 

Jan. 2t. 



Prom Brentwood, Ark. 

Three weeks of the new year have passed 
by and we are now able to renew our subscrip- 
tion for the Gospel Messenger. It is better 
late than never. And I want my brethren at 
Elgin to know that when we stop reading the 
Gospel Messenger it is because we do not 
have the money to secure it. To do without 
the paper would appear to this family as one 
dead and buried, The paper has been much 
comfort to us in time of trouble. 

We were isolated when the trouble came 
twenty years ago. We took the stand with the 
Old Order move. After reading their paper 
a while we concluded to send for the Messen- 
ger and see if we could find food and encour- 
agement. We are glad to say it had the gos- 
pel ring, and 'we found we bad taken the 
wrong ship. At once, when fully convinced 
we drove sixty-five miles to be restored. 

The Gospel Messenger has since that 
time been great rest to us when we have been 
perplexed. The Bible has been made clearer 
by reading it, When we thought our labors 
are almost fruitless, by perusing its pages we 
still find many are willing to agree. We feel 
to praise God and take courage. Then the 
rich food it brings to thousands of families 
weekly,— the Lesson Light-Flashes, Our Satur- 
day Night, and hundreds of other contribu- 
tions make the paper so rich that it, has no 
equal. No brother or sister can do without it 
except at great spiritual loss. There are none 
that appreciate the paper more than the 
isolated. W. S. Watts. 

Jan. 21. 



THE OOSHBL ZMIESSEITQOHIR.. 



An Incident and Its Lessons. 



that 



One of the oddest oc< 
claimed our attention happened here a lew .lays 
ago. A young man of twenty eight, in the last 
stages of consumption, was roamed to a 
young woman. Prior to his marriage he had 
made his home with relatives to whom he was 
indebted fifty dollars. 

As he saw his existence on earth drawing 10 
a close he was seized wilh a desire to return 
to his stepfather's home that he might die 
where mother died, in the care of his sister. 

When death came his young wife desired to 
have the corpse of her husband taken home 
and the funeral services to take place from her 
humble dwelliog. Bui when the undertaker 
called for tbebody the relatives refused to give 
it up until the debt was paid. This she was 
unable to do. So, in order to secure the dead 
body of her husband, she employed attorneys 
to obtain possession by a legal process known 
as a suit in replevin, In all suits in replevin 
a value must be alleged. She placed the 
value of her dead husband at one thousand 
dollars. The wife triumphed and the funeral 
was conducted as she desired. 

Among other things the above incident illu 
trates how many lose sight of that which is of 
the highest value. No doubt this woman 
prired the body of her husband very highly 
but we are made to wonder if, while she was 
contending for tie inanimate form, she had 
any thought of the inestimable value of the 
immortal soul that had taken its flight. Sad, 
indeed, it is to see persons decorate and orna- 
ment the body which will soon wither and die, 
while the soul, which shall live through eterni- 
ty, is neglected and left without any adorn- 

We must value our bodies high enough to 
keep them in a condition that shall not dis- 
honor their princely tcnant-lhe Holy Spirit. 
This dead body was subject to a tribunal thai 
decreed who its possessor was. So it is with 
every human being. They shall all have to 
appear before a tribunal -greater than any of 
man's— to bear the decree announced that 
shall consign them to their true owner and 
place— to the city of jasper walls, gates of 
pearl and of many mansions, or to the regions 
of the lost, where all it gloom, sorrow and 
woe< J. S. Alldredge. 

Anderson, Ind, 

The Sunday School Commentary. 



il has asked to join with us, and her baptisrr 
will, Deo voltnle, soon be administered. 
It is the wish of all the member- in Geneva 
ith the writer more especially, to extend oui 
:articst thanks to all the generous donor! 
who have contribuled toward the erection oi 
first Brethren church in Switzerland 
:ly its existence will give greater 



o quiet the importunites of those who la- 
bor for the abolition of these monster evils, 
it officials occasionally speak of abolishing 
le rum traffic in Central Africa. 

D. L. Garver. 
Hart, Mich. 



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, yet perfectly dry, and 
not completed; but we 

;verylhing will be com- 

n and sisters in America 
come and worship with 

e again send a hearty 
G. J. Ferckbn. 



Through the medium of the Gish fund I 
now have a copy of the Sunday School Com- 
mentary for IQOO and 1Q01. It surely is filling 
an excellent place in our Sunday-school work. 
It has on my part created more interest in the 
Sunday-school work of our church than all 
else before its appearance. No Sunday-school 
superintendent can afford to be without It, 
neither can any wide-awake pupil. It surely 
will awaken a deeper interest in our Sunday- 
school work. B. E. Kesuer. 

Dryden. Ark. 



Death of Elder Joseph 3. Snowberger. 

Eld. Joseph S. Snowberger, of Fairview 
church, has gone to his reward. Elder Snow- 
berger was born in Snake Spring Valley, Bed- 
ford Co , Feb. 13, 1832, and died at his resi- 
dence on Clover Creek, Blair County, Jan. 4, 
loot, being sixty-eight years, ten months and 
twenty-one days old. 

Elder Snowberger was an active w 
the church and labored faithfully for her and 
in the service of the Master until his lick 
which caused his death. Early in life he 
elected to the deacon's office. In 1868 he was 
ilected to the ministry and four years later 
vas advanced to the second degree of the 
ninistry; and in 1804 was ordained elder of the 
Fairview church, over which he presided until 
his death. 

Eld. Snowberger was twice married. To his 
first wife, Hannah Burket, Oct. 6, 1853; she 
died in 1864. To his second wife, Susan Ditch, 
he was married April 19, 1866. 

A very appropriate funeral service was 
preached by Eld. G. W. Brumbaugh, assisted 
by John Bashore and John Brumbaugh. Text 
John 5: 24-32 inclusive. The funeral undoubt 
edly was the largest that ever occurred in Ihi: 
part of Morrisons Cove. He was laid to rest 
in Shelly's cemetery. 

Elder Snowberger leaves to raoarn his de- 
parture, besides his many neighbors and 
friends, a wife and four children,— one son 
and three daughters. One daughter has gone 
before him to that beautiful home. 

Elder Snowberger is widely known through- 
out the Brotherhood and his many friends will 
sympathize with the family in their sad be- 
reavement when they hear of his death. He 
is one of those that will be missed by the 
church. His chair is vacant, but his influence 
for good will live after him, and we have that 
precious promise that if we are faithful we 
shall all meet in heaven, where parting will be 
3 more. A. J. Detwiler. 

Larfce, Pa., Jan. 21. 



Prom Llbertyvllle Church, Iowa. 

OUR Sunday school is moving along very 
iccly, although the attendance is not quite as 
large as we would like to see. We use the 
Brethren's literature. 

Bro. C. M. Brower, of South English, Iowa, 
.isited oar church Jan. sand preached four 
gospel sermons. They were much appreciate 
ed. He is visiting the churches of the South 
rn District of Iowa in tbe interest of mission 
/ork, and we believe he will do much good for 
.he cause. Perhaps we need to be stirred up 
along this line. Woe to them that are at ease 



lZio 
Saturday, Jan. 19, Bro. A. W. Flory, of M 
well, Iowa, and Bro. Anthony Sanger, 
Kcota, Iowa, came to us and remained 
Sunday. They told the good old story in a 
way that made os feel it was good to be there. 
In a late number of the Messenger men- 
tion is made of some very old people that are 
still living. This church also claims a cente- 
the person of Sister Polly Miller. 
She claims to be one hundred and three years 
old. She belongs to the Brethren church and 
VaoBuren County, Iowa. 
She is helpless and is taken care of by her son 
and daughter-in-law. 
The Messenger is, we believe, the best 
iper in the world. We know there is no oth- 
■ paper published that could fill its place for 
„s. In conclusion let me say to one and all, 
Take the Messenger and Inglcnook, and be 
happy. D. A. Wolf 

Libertyville, Iowa, Jan, 22. 



OUR BOOK TABLE. 



" The People, the Land and the Book " 

the title of an illustrated Hebrew-Christian 

quarterly, published at 43° Carlton Ave., 

Brooklyn, New York. The paper treats of tbe 

old and historic people of Israel, of their na- 

re land, Palestine, the Bible, Jewish tradi- 

ms and literature. While it is intended 

ainly for Jews, still it will prove interesting 

ading for any careful Bible student who 

ishes to know more of the Jews and also 

istaea to study them as a people 



War and Rum Must (Jo First, then, 
"Thy Kingdom Come." 



The Dedication In Oeneva. 

Sunday, Dec. 30, was a red-letter day in the 
annals of the Brethren church in Switzerland 
On that day, at 10 o'clock A. M., was dedicated 
to Almighty God the meetinghouse recently 
erected, the gift of many known and unknown 
donors of our Brotherhood in America. Be- 
sides the members, all in the full order of the 
Fraternity, several friends and acquaintances, 
who had responded to our circulars of invita- 
tion, were present. 

The service began by a hymn of praise and 
thanksgiving. The portions of Scripture read 
on that occasion were Psalm 122 and Genesir 
28: 10-22; after which the piayer of ded 
ication followed. The little chapel wa: 
called " Bethel," house of God. The singing 
was hearty, and the impression left on all 
present most excellent. All seemed to be 
deeply moved, and not a few shed tears. It 
being the last Sunday of the year and century, 
the text of the sermou was from Pbilippians 3: 
13, 14: "Forgetting those things which are be- 
hind, and reaching forth unto the things which 
are before, I press toward the mark, for the 
prize of the high calling of God in Christ Je- 

We trust the existence of a building, so at- 
tractive, homelike and cozy, will give soms 
weight to our mission, and be the means of 
drawing many to the knowledge of abetter 
understanding of the Truth. Already a dear 



The years and centuries go by, and the 
Christian world keeps on praying, "Thy king- 
dom come." As there seem to be two very 
formidable obstacles in the way of establishing 
the kingdom of righteousness on earth, would 
it not be wise for all Christian people to unite 
their efforts in removing those two obstruc- 

If the Christian world will for a time train 
the weapons of their warfare, which are not 
carnal but mighty through God to the pulling 
down of strongholds, upon and bombard these 
two strongholds of Satan, " war and rem," 
until they are out of the way, the chances for 
"thy kingdom to come" will be much better. 
But as long aB these two monsters remain to 
corrupt, demoralize and tear down faster than 
the Christian people can build up, it is Satan's 
kingdom that i? being established, instead of 
the kingdom of heaven. 

I Rum is the motive power that leads to at 
least two-thirds of the crime, and then add the 
corrupting influence of war, and that pretty 
ly makes up Satan's kingdom. The evils 
of rum are not confined to the criminal classes, 
md the evils of war are not confined to the 
battlefield. Their influence, like a deadly 
"upas," poisons and demoralizes everything 
they touch. They are twin murderers in dis- 
guise, traveling the earth under the assumed 
names of patriotism and personal liberty. 
They virtually say to the heads of governments 
and high officials, " If you expose our true 
i character you do it at the peril of your political 
' life;" and they don't expose them. But, : 



-MATRIMONIAL- 



BRUGH— BRUNK. — At the home of the 
bride's parents, Olathe, Kans., Jan, 6, 1000, by 
the undersigned, Eld. Jacob A. Brugh, of 

ansas City, and Sister Ida Brunk. 

James Hardy. 

COX— SHOCK.— At the residence of Mr, 
Cox, near Damascus, Oregon, Dec. 24, I9°°> 
by the undersigned, Mr. Edward Cox and Miss 
Christina Shock, of Oregon City, Oregon. 

A. H. Partch. 

ESHLEMAN— CRIST. — At the home of 
the bride's parents, Kansas City, Kans,, Jan. 6, 
iqoi, by the undersigned, Bro. Charles Eshle- 
man, of Ottawa, Kans., and Pernie Crist of 
Kansas City, Kans. E. D, ROOT. 



SCHMIDT— WHETSTONE.— At tbe home 
of the bride's parents (date not given.— Ed.), 
Minnesota City, Minn., by the undersigned, 
Albert Schmidt, of Clayton County, Iowa, and 
May Whetstone, of Winona County, Minn. 
J. Wirt. 



BRADLEY— In tbe Mt. Zion congregation, 
. age Co., Va., Dec. 28, 1900, Bro. William H. 
Bradley, aged 75 years, 1 month and 16 days. 
Bro. Bradley was in usual health until the day 
he died. He arose early in the morning to 
jake fire. In some way his clothing took fire, 
nding his life. Bro. Bradley leaves a widow 
and eleven children. Services by Eld. Martin 
Rothgeb. Bettie Beahm Sours. 

BEAHM.— In the Mt. Zion congregation, 
Page Co., Va., Jan. 7, 1901, Bro. Abraham H. 
Beabtn, aged 35 years, 7 months and 16 days. 
Deceased leaves a widow and three small 
children. Bro. Beahm united with the Breth- 
. v „ church about ten years ago, remaining a 
consistent member. Interment in the burying 
ground of his father (Andrew Beahm). Serv- 
ices by Bro. Walter Strickler. Text, " What 
is man that thou art mindful of him?" 

Bettie Beahm Sours, 
CONOVER. — In the Bear Creek church, 
Montgomery County,. Ohio, Jan. 4, looi, Sister 
Susannah Conover, aged 72 y«rs, II months 
and 3 days. She leaves two sons and three 
She was buried in the Lower 
Stillwater cemetery. Services by elders John 
Smith and J. W. Beeghly. Josiah.Eby. 

DERR.— At Waddams Grove, III., Jan. 16, 

1901, of typhoid pneumonia, Joseph Derr, aged 

years, 4 months and 8 days. He was born 

Stephenson County, 111., Sept. 7, 1869; was 

arriedto Sister Hannah Stees Jan. 1, 1895. 

This union was blessed with two children. A 

ife and one child remain. Services by Bro. 

Wm. Moore, from 2 Cor. 4: 18. 

Albert Myers. 

ETYLER. — In Woodsboro, Md., Jan. II, 
igoi. Sister Ida May Etyler, wife of Bro. An- 
derson H. Etyler, aged 38 years, 11 months 
and 8 days. Services by elders T. J. Kolb and 
G. K. Sappington. F. J. Kolb. 

FERNER.— In the Middle Creek congrega- 
tion, Somerset Co., Pa., Jan. is, 1901, Winfield 
Scott Ferner, aged 19 years, 4 months and 16 
days. Services by the writer and Eld. Josiah 
Berkley, from Rev. 20: 12. 

J. W. Wegley. 

FANCIL.— In the Washington church, Ind., 
May 23, 1900, Myrtle Fancil, aged 20 years, 10 
months and 19 days. Services by the writer. 
Levi Stoneburner. 

FOUCH. — At her home, in Uniontown, Pa„ 
Georges Creek congregation, Jan v 6, 1901, Sis- 
ter Christiana Fouch, aged 83 years, 7 months 
and 20 days. She is survived by an aged com- 
panion and four children, all members of the 
Brethren church. Forty-nine years ago hus- 
band and wife united with the church. Serv- 

by Eld. C. Johnson in the Fairview church. 

Interment in the adjoining cemetery. 

Mary S, Johnson. 

FEIGHTNER.— In Wayne County, Ohio, 
Dec. 20, 1900, Samuel Feightner, aged 79 
years, 9 months and 17 days. He united with 
the Brethren church in 1848, of which he was 
a member until death. Services by James 
Murray and T. C. Weiand, from Rev. 14: 13- 
James Murray. 

HAGG.— In the Washington church, Ind„ 
Dec. 11, 1900, Bro. Aaron Hagg, aged 66 years, 
6 months and 2 days. Services by the writer. 
Levi Stoneburner. 
KELLER. — in the Ephrata church, Lancas- 
ter Co., Pa., Jan. 12, 1901, of old age, Sister Mary 
Keller, widow of the late Jacob H, Keller, 
aged 83 years, 4 months and 7 days. Bro. 
Keller died in 1871. She leaves four sons and 
two daughters. The church lost a good sister. 
Services by elders Israel Wenger and J. W. 
Schlosser. J. R. Royeb. 



. - . FALLEN * ASLEEP^-_ 

•' Blessed are the dead which die In the Lord." 

ADAMS. — In Waynesboro, Pa., Oct. 27, 
IQOO, Mrs. Nancy Adams, wife of Jacob Adams, 
deceased, aged 96 years, 1 month and 23 days. 
She was born Sept. 4. 1824. She was a woman 
full of faith and patience. Sister Adams and 
her husband, who preceded her about ten 
years, early in their married life united with 
tbe Brethren chorch, and were faithful in their 
profession until called to their reward. One 
son and three daughters survive the deceased. 
C. R. Oellig. 



KENNET.— Athishome in Franklin County, 
Va., Dec. 29, 1900, of pneumonia, friend John 
O. Kennet, aged 65 years and several months. 
He was a good citizen, and lived a good moral 
life. He expressed much love for the Breth- 
ren church. He leaves a wife, fonr sorts and 
three daughters. Services by the Old Order 
Brethren. I. A. B. Hershbbrger. 

KERLIN.— In Rock Run church, near 
Goshen, Ind., Sept. 15, 1900, Bro. Daniel Ker- 
lin, aged 61 years, 6 months and 22 days. He 
irried to Libia Showalter Feb. 19, 1869. 
Of eleven children nine are yet living. About 
two and one-half years ago Bro. Kerlin had a 
a fall which injured his spine, and finally 
caused his death. He was confined to his bed 
nearly all of this time. Services at the Amish 
Mennonite church, from 1 Cor. 15: 26, 54-57- 



Feb. 2, 1901. 

by the writer, assisted by Mr. Johns, of the 
Amish chorcb. J. L. Berkkv. 

LIVINGSTON.— In Johnstown. Pa., Jan. 13, 
looi.of dropsy, at the home of J. A. Blough, 
her son in-law, Sister Elizabeth Livingston, 
fUt Ream, aged 73 years. 11 months. and 10 
days. She was a consistent member of "the 
Brethren church. During the summer a pri- 
vate love feast was held for her, and several 
weeks prior to her death she was anointed. 
Services in the Roxbury house of the West 
Johnstown church by the writer, assisted by 
Eld. David Hildebrand. Interment in the 
Livingston cemetery in Conemaugh township. 
J. E. Blough. 

LANTZ. — At Deerfield, in the Monocacy 
church, Md., Jan. 14, 1901, Alice Trester Lantz, 
eldest daughter of Brother Joseph and Sister 
Mary Lantz, aged 23 years, I month and 22 
days. Services by the writer. T. J. KOLB. 

LAM. — In the bounds of the Salem church, 
Oregon, Nov. 18, igoo, Bro. John Lam, aged 
79 years, 8 months and 7 days. Deceased was 
born in Rockingham County, W. Va., March 
11, 1821. He was married to Catherine Say- 
ger May 19, 1842. This union was blessed 
with two daughters. One daughter preceded 
him. The wife and one daughter survive him. 
They moved to Indiana in 1848, thence tc 
Oregon in 1876. He was a consistent Chris- 
tian, and a faithful member of the Brethren 
cburch for many years. M. M. Bashor. 

MILLER. — In the Salem church, Ohio 
near Georgetown, Jan. 15, 1901, Sister Cather- 
ine Long Miller, aged 82 years, 8 months and 
3 days. She was married to Henry Bowser 
(her first husband) Nov. 10, 1836, in the city of 
Dayton. There were born to this unio 
children, two sons and four daughters. 
of them still survive. She was marrie 
Bro. David Miller Dec. 16, 1877. Services by 
Bro. B. F. Honeyman and the writer, from 
Cor, 5: 1. Jesse K. Brumbaugh, 

MOHLER.— In the Mineral Creek cburch, 
near Leeton, JohnBon Co., Mo., Jan. 12, 
of heart failure, Sister Lizzie Mohler, wife of 
Eid. M. S. Mobler, aged 55 years, 6 months 
and 7 days. She leaves a sorrowing husband, 
two sons and one daughter. They keenly feel 
the loss of a faithful and devoted wife 
mother, and the church can ill afford her de- 
parture. She is the daughter of onr aged 
brother, John Mikesell, of Covington, Ohio. 
She came to the church in her sixteenth year, 
and ever since was an exemplary and devoted 
member of the church. In her later years she 
did much for the sick and the poor, She has 
gone to her reward. May God bless the young 
to follow her good example. Services by Bro. 
E. E. John, from Heb. 11: jo, assisted by the 
Brethren. *J- M. Mohler. 

MILLER. — At his home in the Nokesville 
church, Va., Jan. 13, iqoi, Bro. Benjamin Mil- 
ler, aged 53 years, 4 months and 13 days, 
Bro. Miller lived a consistent life, and bad en- 
deared himself to many with whom he came 
in contact. Two sons and two daughters sur- 
vive him. Services by elders J. S. Holsinger 
and S. H. Flory, from Hebrews 9: 27. 

G. W. Beahm, 

NEWCOMER. — In the Ludlow church, 
near Painter Creek, Ohio, Jan. n, 1901, Bro. 
David Newcomer, aged 64 years, 6 months and 
21 days. In i860 he was married to Barbara 
Muck, who, with five of eight children, sur 
him. A painful and peculiar disease of the 
foot, resembling gangrene, with la grippe 
caused his death. Services by Eld. Tobia 
Kreider and D. B. Miller, Bro. Newcome 
waa born and raised upon the same farm 
where, also, he was buried in a cemetery that 
hears his name. Levi Minnich. 

RITTER.— In the Washington church, Kos 
cinsko Co., Ind., Dec. 28, 1900, Bro. Abraham 
fitter, aged 72 years, 4 months and 2 days. 
He waa bom in Tuscarawas County, Ohio. He 
was married to Maria Hamman June 20, 1858. 
To this union were born nine children, six of 
whom survive him. He leaves a companion 
and six children. Services by the writer. 

Levi Stoneburner. 

SHRONTZ.— Within the bounds of the Ten 
Mile church, Pa., Dec. 29, 1900. of typhoid 
lev er, Harvey C. Shrontz, aged 44 years. He 
^s united in marriage to Lizzie L. Gavman 
May 30, ,886. To this union were born fo. 
Children. His wife, two sons and two daugh- 
er s are left to mourn his departure. He 
3 me mber of the Christian church nearly t 



THE GOSIPIEIj MESSE1TGER. 



ty-five years; also a deacon for some years. 
The funeral was held at the Lone Pine church. 
Services by Mr. Hnrd, assisted by J. M. Streat- 
Interment En the cemetery near the 
church. Rebecca Gavman. 

SWANDER.— In the Springfield congrega- 
:m. Noble Co., Ind., at the home of his son, 
John J. Swander. Jan. 5, tool, Bro. Jonathan 
Swander, aged 87 years, 9 months and 14 days, 
ie was born in Lehigh County, Pa., March 
6, 1S13. He was married to Christena Row 
Aug. 10, 1839, who preceded him over five 
years. To them were born nine children, four 
and five daughters. One son and two 
daughters preceded him. 

John J. Swandbr. 

SHISLER.— In Goshen, Ind., Jan. 4, loot, 

cancer in the stomach, Mary Shisler, nee 
Cripe, aged 48 years, 11 months and 16 days. 
She was united in marriage to Garrett Shisler 
Feb. 12, 1887. To this union one daughter 
born. She leaves a husband and one daugh- 
ter. Services by the writer at Rock Run 
church, Goshen City house, from Rev. 14: 13, 
14. J. L. Berkby. 

SHROCK. — In the Indian Creek church, 
Iowa, Jan. 8, 1901, of old age, Sister Polly 
Shrock, aged 79 years, 6 months and 13 day: 
She was a consistant member of the Brethre 
church for a number of years. Services at the 
church by Bro. H. H. Troup, assisted by Bro, 
A. W. Flora. Nora Faidley. 

SWEIGART.— In the North Poplar Ridge 
church, Defiance Co., Ohio, Jan. 1, 1901, Bro. 
Jacob Sweigart, aged about 87 years. Service! 
by Bro. C. L. Wilkins. 

Sarah M. Hornish. 

UMBENHOWER.— Within the bounds of 
the Solomon Creek congregation, Elkhart Co., 
Ind., Jan. 13, 1901, of lung fever, Bro. E 
D. Umbenhower, aged 37 years, 4 months and 
18 days. He was united in marriage to Lilly 
Riggle, daughter of the late Elder Daniel C, 
Riggle Dec. 9, 1888. To this union were born 
two ions. In January, 1894, he united with the 
Brethren cburch, in which he proved faithful. 
His faith in the doctrine and practice of th> 
church was strong and firm. May 21, 1899, hi 
was elected to the deacon's office, which office 
he filled with efficiency until his death. He 
leaves his wife, two sons, four brothers and 1 
sister. Services at Baintertown by brethi 
Hiram Forney and J. H, Worstler, from 1 Cor. 
15: 19. Amsey E, Clem, 

WALLIN.— In Manese, Okla. T., Oct. 
1900, of paralysis, Sister Eliza J, Wallin, aged 
58 years, 9 months and 4 days. Services by 
the writer. N. S. Gripe, 

WALLIN.— In Manese, Blain Co., Okla. T., 
Jan. 8, iqoi, of old age, Bro. Joseph Wallin, 
aged 70 years, 5 months and 18 days, h 
leaves four sons and two daughters. Brothi 
and Sister Wallin were faithful members of 
the Brethren church for many years. Service 
by the writer. N. S. Gripe. 

WOLFE. — At her home at Liberty, Adams 
Co., 111., Jan. 12, 1901, Sister Amanda, wife of 
Bro. John Wolfe, aged 78 years, 8 months and 
22 days. She was the sixth daughter of Eli 
beth Wheeler, nee Hume, who was a sistet to 
David Hume, of Scotland, the noted philan- 
thropist and English historian. Sister Aman- 
da was born in Williamstown, Ky„ April 
20, 1822, and with her parents, George F. 
and Elizabeth Wheeler, moved to Liberty 
Township in 1833, May 4, 1841, she waa mar- 
ried to John Wolfe, the oldest son of Eld. 
George Wolfe, of " Far Western Brethren " re- 
nown. To this union were born two sons and 
six daughters. Two of them preceded her in 
infancy. She was baptized about fifty-five years 
ago by Eld. George Wolfe, of California. 
During all this time, up to the day of her 
death, there never was a single charge offered 
against her Christian deportment. She 
known by all as " Aunt Manda." It cai 
truly said of her that she never turned the 
hungry away from her door, nor the wayfaring 
wanderer from shelter. She was sick only 
eleven days, She leaves an aged husband, 
nearly ninety years of age, four daughters and 
two sons, one in Missouri and one in Indian 
Territory. Services at her home by Eld. D, 
M. Brnbaker, of Liberty, and the writer from 
the text, "Well done, thou good and faithful 
servant: . . . enter thou into the joy of thy 
Lord." Matt. 25:21. Interment in Nimmins 
cemetery. Could Sister Manda have lived 
until May 4, next, they could have celebrated 
their sixtieth marriage anniversary. 

H. W. Strickler. 



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" Praise the Lord," Verna, a little scholar t 
the Sanday school, less than ten years of ag. 
begged to be taken into the church, and 
her grandfather, our elder, to baptize her." I 
say "begged," for it seemed she had wanted to 
come a year earlier. Some thought she was 
too young, but she said she could not be happy 
outside and wanted to go with the people of 
God. She was received, setting a good exam- 
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During our late meeting, 
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Wealthy A. Bubkholdkr 
Newburg, Pa. 



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m saying, "Surely this will give more im- 
petus to our pulpit and pastoral work." 
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II be long remembered. At an early hour 
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problems of the day. Over thirty ministers 
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Ohio and Illinois, besides others interested in 
education, took active part. More clearly 
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people have learned that church and school 
are inseparable. 

There were evening services throughout the 
term, begun by Eld. I, D. Parker and con- 
tinued by Eld. I. B, Trout. Thirteen wander- 
ers have returned to the Master's house and 
more to follow. E. M.Conn 

Jan. 24. 



Prom Montreal, Canada. 

I just recovered from a severe attack of 
la grippe and find work heaping opon us. We 
could make good use of some willing workers 
that could apply the needle to prepare gar- 
ments for the poor, but as it is I do the best I 
can. Very often the midnight hour arrives 
before I am ready to retire. We find that 
more lasting impressions will be made and 
deeper sermons preached by helping the poor 
than in any other way. We have only asked 
God to give us means to help the poor. 
Thanks to his blessed name, he has begun the 
the good work entrusted to our care. One 
dear sister from Indiana sent us ten dollars for 
the poor, and another sister in the Worthing- 
ton church sent us one dollar. We feel that 
God is with us and is giving us strength for 



From Colebank, W. Va. 

Jan. 6 I closed my meeting at the Ml. Zion 
church. There were no additions, but the 
church seemed built up. fn the past the 
Brethren have been laboring under great dis- 
advantages and discouragements, but we be- 
lieve there is a brighter day for them. 

Jan. 9 I came to the Shilo congregation, 
where Bro. Obed Hamstead was in the midst 
of an interesting meeting. Bro. Hamstead 
being sick we assisted in the meeting until 
Jan, 13. We closed with seven baptized and 
two applicants awaiting baptism. There were 
others almost persuaded and the'brethren and 
sisters were very much revived and encour- 
aged. 

Bro. W. H. Shaffer has charge of this con- 
gregation and seems to be loved and respected 
in his work. Bro. Shaffer has been under t 
hand of affliction for nine weeks and could r 
be with us in our meetings. We visited h 
and he told us he had dismissed worldly can 
and moat of his conversation was about t 
future good of the church and his hope 
better home if the Lord would see cause 
take him away. He desires an interest in t 
prayers of the church in his behalf. B 
Shaffer is not an old man yet and is very much 
needed, as he is the only elder in this co 
and there are four organized churches. 

I go to the Valley River congregation Jan. 
26 to hold a short meeting. 1 will be assisted 
by Bro. J. A. Pariah, of Elkins, W. Va. 

J. A. Gucit. 
Junior, W. Va.Jan.3t. 



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few are being led to the mission, to hear the 
rath. We still crave an interest 
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